Student-produced magazine offers a variety of stories

Read The Clothesline

Every year since 1999, students in Communication and Journalism 370, magazine editing and design, create a magazine in the course.

This semester’s class underwent the same obstacle in preparing an online magazine for students that contained information relevant to campus life.

“This is our attempt to give students a different type of voice,” said senior Kelly Noack, co-editor of The Clothesline.

The magazine’s title, The Clothesline, came from a group brainstorm.

“We were trying to think of things that are random,” Noack said. “And we thought of a clothesline and how you put all different types of clothes on it.”

The magazine is kind of like a clothesline, Noack said, because it contains a wide variety of thing about the same subject.

In this case, the magazine contains a variety of stories concerning UW-Eau Claire students.

The entire magazine is student produced, Noack said. During the second week of the semester the students applied for positions, such as copy editor and reporter.

The class consists of fewer than 20 students, each with a specific duty. Work on the magazine began at the beginning of the semester and hands-on experience was used as a teaching tool, Noack said.

“About mid-semester we stopped having traditional classes,” Noack said. “Now we just work for an hour and fifteen every class.”

Andris Straumanis, lecturer of communications and journalism, teaches the magazine editing and design course and uses the production of a magazine to show students the work involved in creating a publication.

The title, layout and all aspects of the magazine change yearly and are dependent on how different students decide to produce it.

Noack said Straumanis turns the class over to her and the co-editor, senior Jessica Pankratz. From there they work on all aspects of producing the magazine.

Stories cover topics ranging from dating to celebrity look-alikes.

A story that will be included in the magazine examines dating at college in Eau Claire.

“Dating is dead in Eau Claire,” Noack said. “It seems like people don’t date anymore, they just have sex.”

Other stories examine issues such as anti-depressant and Ritalin use among Eau Claire students.

The stories that will actually be included in The Clothesline magazine were not decided yet, Noack said.

The magazine will be released online Thursday.