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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Students create UNCP's first online magazine

Brave News World is UNC Pembroke’s first online magazine that is conceived, designed and published by students.

The general-interest magazine is the product of a new course in the Mass Communications Department called “Online Journalism.” It was developed and instructed by Dr. Anthony Curtis for the first time in spring 2005.

Anthony Curtis

Anthony Curtis

"This was not a journalism course taught online as one might guess," Dr. Curtis explained. "Rather, this course was taught in a ‘smart’ classroom in Old Main."

"It's all about what we call a convergence program, which presents new career opportunities for students," he said. "Convergence is about melding print and broadcast media into something new on the Web."

The magazine cover, sections and pages were conceived and designed by students in the course. Article topics were chosen and reported by the student writers.

"The course gave them the opportunity to learn about online journalism and to create media for the Web,” Dr. Curtis said. “Students did all of the conception, design and writing."

"Brave News World is a first," he said. "This is the first entirely online magazine for UNCP."

For the spring 2005 issue, the students chose to include magazine sections about fashion and accessories, food, health, humor, international faces, movies, music, shoes, sports and technology. They targeted a global audience.

"Each semester, the incoming class will conceive the sections they want and write for the continuing magazine," Dr. Curtis said. "This first group wanted to do a general-interest magazine. Others may want other thrusts."

"I expect lots of new sections and articles to be added when the online journalism course is taught again in fall 2005," he said.

Journalism major Adam Fenwick directed the project as managing editor. He also will be managing editor of The Pine Needle student newspaper in the 2005-2006 year.

The other students who researched, interviewed, wrote and edited the feature articles, and designed the Web site, were Elizabeth Butler, art director; Allen Barfield, movies editor; Brian Beck, technology editor; Stanland Bryant, humor editor; Sha'Lace Gregg, accessories editor; Kelly Griffith, shoes editor; Sonia Jackson, faces editor; Nicole McCorkle, fashion editor; Mark Schulman, food editor; Natasha Tajman, health editor; Nathan Walls, sports editor; and Jimi Wilson, music editor.

Walls was editor of The Pine Needle for 2002-2004. Griffith was editor in 2005. Beck had been managing editor of The Pine Needle in 2004-2005. Butler was photo editor while Schulman and Wilson were section editors.

The spring 2005 Brave News World magazine is available only online at:
www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/BraveNewsWorld/BraveNewsWorld.html . For more information about the course Online Journalism or the new online journal, please contact Dr. Curtis in the Mass Communications Department at 910.521.6616 or email him at acurtis@uncp.edu.

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