New GW magazine features in-depth campus reporting

A new GW student-run magazine featuring in-depth articles on campus life will hit the newsstands Feb. 23.

Editor in chief Megan Poinski said The GW Journal will be a cross between Newsweek and Rolling Stone.

Poinski said she came up with the concept for a monthly magazine because she wanted a publication that would have more in-depth feature articles.

Basically, we want to bring a different perspective on things, Poinski said.

The GW Journal will feature about six stories an issue with a monthly opinion column and book reviews.

Undergraduate Publications, a new student organization founded by Poinski, will publish the magazine. Steve Roberts, a professor of journalism and political communication, will serve as advisor to The GW Journal.

The GW Journal will be free for all GW students. Publication money will come from advertising, SA funding and donations.

The magazine has five student editors, all of whom are either journalism or political communication majors. Freshman Devon Tutak will serve as the copy editor, junior Michael Kasow as the design editor, junior Stefanie Weinstein as the content editor and junior Ankur Doshi as the general manager.

The GW Journal is not intended to be a competitive publication to any of GW’s existing publications, Poinski said.

Poinski said the name of the new magazine came to her after she found old copies of a magazine called The GW Journal in the College Democrat archives. The GW Journal used to be a partisan magazine sponsored by the CDs. The new version will ne non-partisan.

The most recent magazine on campus, the GW Independent, folded after the last issue was printed 1998. Poinski said the most common problem student magazines at GW face involves budget issues.

Poinski will keep a strict budget for The GW Journal to avoid financial problems that have plagued other magazines in the past.

Poinski said she is confident that the new magazine will find a readership at GW.

I’m really not worried about getting people to read it, Poinski said.

Kasow said The GW Journal provides him the opportunity to experience magazine journalism.

I joined this because I wanted the opportunity to work on a magazine, Kasow said.

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