Getting work published as a student can be work in itself. Finding an outlet for creative writing, social justice or news is tough, but there are options. Loyola publishes more than brochures; here are a few of the publications the school releases that students have a part in:
BROAD is a monthly Web-based magazine, covering a wide variety of topics from a feminist perspective. The 5-year-old publication was founded almost single-handedly by Curtis Main, BROAD’s adviser.
It’s sponsored and partially funded by the Women and Gender Studies Department, with the rest of funding from donations.
The production and writing comes mostly from students, but alumni and community members are also welcome to submit work. A 12-year-old with a hearing disability submitted last year, and 14-year-old just submitted a poem for the “(Dis)sed-abilities” issue coming out in February.
BROAD has a wide audience and has been read in more than 40 countries. With more than 100 pages per issue this year, as well as the publication’s largest staff yet, the publication is looking to widen its reach, according to Ellie Diaz, BROAD’s content editor and art director.
Though expansion via print would be ideal, funding is limited, so BROAD is taking another approach.
“We are very excited to announce that BROAD will be launching its own website this summer and expanding its format accordingly,” said Mandy Keelor, BROAD’s editor-in-chief.
Keelor, a 20-year-old sociology major, takes pride in the magazine’s diversity in both contributors and contributions.
“We’re naturally non-conforming and challenging,” said Keelor. “This can [be] an issue, since Loyola is a Catholic institution. It makes it difficult to cover some issues.”
Despite this, BROAD goes headfirst into controversial topics such as LGBT matters, reproductive health and body image. Each month, an issue is published that focuses on a new topic, with a few months covering two topics.
Where to get it: BROAD is available online at issuu.com/broadmagazine
How to get involved: Submissions are open to anyone and everyone, provided it fits with the theme. March’s “Body Talk” issue is about sex positivity and feeling comfortable in one’s own skin. Submissions are due Feb. 27. Further questions can be directed to Broad.LUC@gmail.com.
Diminuendo & Cadence
Topic: Literary works and art
Assisted by the English Department, sister magazines Diminuendo and Cadence are student-run and publish various types of prose and visual art.
The magazines are fairly selective in the submissions they publish, only taking exceptional works, but both encourage people to resubmit if they don’t get published the first time, according to their OrgSync page.
Diminuendo and Cadence have been publishing since the ‘50s, and are proud to be Loyola’s only literary and art magazines, according to Keight Yuelling, the editor-in-chief.
The two are closely connected and run by the same staff. Diminuendo is published twice every semester in black and white, and Cadence is published once a year, printed in color with prose that exceed eight pages.
Contributions are open to all Loyola students, and to be part of the staff/membership, you can attend the meetings, which are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Mundelein 203.
“The number one thing that we would like people to know about Diminuendo and Cadence is that we need student submissions,” Yuelling said. “Without student submissions there is no club, and definitely no publication.”
Where to get it: Diminuendo and Cadence can be found around campus.
How to get involved: Submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the meetings to be part of the staff and review submissions.
Topic: Women of color experiences, issues and creative writing
Formerly known as the Women of Color Journal, and published last year as Recentering Loyola, this is one of the newest publications on campus. Paige Gardner, the program coordinator for Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES), started the journal last year as a way to encourage expression and give a voice to women of color on campus.
Kaleidoscope accepts various forms of work from those who identify as women of color. From short stories and art to photography and poetry, it publishes just about any form of expression.
“We want a variety of women of color’s views, stemming from everyone’s experiences,” Gardner said about the publication’s mission.
The staff encourages women of color to participate in some capacity. Writing workshops are held almost monthly, where participants are encouraged to write or get help with current projects from staff members.
The journal’s publishing date is set for April 24, and submissions are due via OrgSync by Feb. 12 for this year.
Where to get it: Kaleidoscope is given to participants at LUCES’ yearly gala (a closed space for women of color), currently set for Friday, April 24, from 6-9 p.m. There are also copies in the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office in the Damen Student Center.
How to get involved: The deadline to submit a piece is Feb. 12. Gardner still encourages more women to get involved by joining the publishing committee that collects the works, advertises, puts on writing workshops and designs the journal. Women interested can sign up at the gala this April, or check out LUCES’ Web page at luc.edu/diversity/programs/womenofcolor.
Topic: Social justice news that varies by year
Since 2003, School of Communication classes have published the social justice magazine Mosaic.
The theme changes every year, but it always revolves around a relevant, local issue. Previous themes have included gun violence, health and the economy. This year’s issue will focus on public education in Chicago. While the themes may change year to year, each one is connected to Loyola’s commitment to social justice.
“It’s come a long way,” said John Slania, assistant dean of the School of Communication, who oversees the magazine. “The design, the writing, have all improved significantly in the last 10 years.”
The magazine is made entirely by students in School of Communication courses. It starts in the fall with articles written by the school’s advanced reporting class.
Slania picks a topic and assigns students different roles, which include editor-in-chief, managing editor, copy editor and advertising salespeople who raise the money used to print the publication. Additionally, the students in the class write all the articles for the magazine.
In 2009, a class was created to design the magazine, a task that used to be a volunteer job, according to Slania.
Now, every spring semester, the magazine design and editing class designs the pages of the magazine, which is printed around April. The class has also started a publishing party to celebrate the printing.
This year, Mosaic also expanded its reach to include the photojournalism class, which now takes photos for the magazine.
Where to get it: Copies can be found in the School of Communication, as well as at the publishing party, which will be sometime this spring.
How to get involved: Taking advanced reporting, magazine design and editing or photojournalism at the School of Communication gives students an opportunity to work on the project.
The PHOENIX, Loyola’s only newspaper, relies soley on student work . Contributor positions are open to all Loyola students, and anyone is welcome to submit an article. For more information on how to get involved, email email@example.com. Copies of The PHOENIX can be found across campus and on loyolaphoenix.com.