College magazines are cool to have both for the students and the management. However, running a college magazine and publishing it with interesting article every month is not as cool as it sounds. It requires us to run a mini firm to turnaround some quality content by end of every month.
How to start a college magazine?
Starting a college magazine is the easier part, but gaining audience is the difficult side of it. It is always good to have one of your faculty member as a facilitator for this process. Their experience always adds value to the structure of this process.
Announce the intent and let the students of your college know that you have an intent to start a college magazine.
Specify the objectives of starting a college magazine. The objective has to be clear. The reasons could be to build better subject know-how among students, to update them about current affairs or it could be something completely different.
Depending on the response you will know how many of them will be interested to welcome a college magazine in your campus. Not all of those who show interest will be on your team. Only a handful will remain in your core team.
How to build a team?
Once you know who is going to be in the team, spell out the responsibilities and activities they will be involved in. There will be a lot of scramble here. As an initiator you have to find ways to identify each ones strength and capabilities and then assign jobs to them.
What could be the top tasks to be assigned?
- Writing Articles
- If it is an offline magazine – managing printing
- If it is an online magazine – technical know-how and managing a web site
- Track finances
- Proof read and edit the articles before release
- Track feedback of readers and understand what more are they expecting out of a magazine
To make all this happen, the team will require people with editorial abilities marketing skills, financial and technical know-how.
What next? Launch the Magazine.
This generation participates in a parallel world called the web world. Irrespective of what you choose the magazine to be – either offline or online, make announcements on your college facebook page and tweet about it.
Share your magazine on:
The list is endless.
Are we done? Not yet.
There is more to it. After releasing the first issue, can we keep up the fire? That is the challenge. Be open to your peer interests. Write and share more about what they want to hear rather than what you want to tell them.
- Add more sections to the magazine.
- Make it interactive
- Have a contest running all the time
- Change the magazine cover
With all these tips and gyaan try to start something new at your college. Be the trendsetter!
What else can I start at college?
- A college radio
- A college community club
- College Contests
- NGO for students of your college to involve in community activities
- Your college blog
- Your college Youtube channel
FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU STARTED AT YOUR COLLEGE.
- Analysis of college magazines (slideshare.net)