In fall 2013, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) created its first-ever Magazine Club.
The club is for students interested in careers in the magazine industry and in magazine publishing. The club will help undergraduate students understand the state of the magazine industry, especially as it moves toward multiple platforms and becomes more about content creation as opposed to strictly magazine production. The group will also help students have access to internships and form connections to the Minnesota magazine community through the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, which has formed a student chapter as part of the launch of Magazine Club.
The club was founded by SJMC graduate student Chelsea Reynolds, who has a background in magazine publishing. "SJMC needs more magazine resources for interested undergraduates and the Twin Cities provides a great outlet for students interested in magazine publishing," Reynolds said. "We want students to have a critical eye as to what magazines are doing, from the editorial content to the corporate side of running a publishing house."
More than 60 students from a variety of majors have expressed interest in the club. Reynolds will serve as the graduate student adviser and SJMC faculty member Gayle "GG" Golden will be the faculty adviser. At the first meeting, English senior Emily Den Boer was elected president and five SJMC freshman and sophomores were elected external officers.
The club includes two levels of membership. General membership is $15 for the year and includes access to Magazine Club meetings. Students who register through MMPA (which includes a $25/year fee) can join Magazine Club for $10 per year. This level of membership gives students access to both Magazine Club and MMPA member benefits.