Students to publish the first issue of arts, lifestyle magazine by end of the semester

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Two freshmen are piecing together their first issue of a magazine covering topics like music and sustainability.

Co-editors in chief Gabriella Bann and Kariann Tan propelled Currant Magazine, a student-run publication composed of 12 editors and staff of graphic designers, late last semester and plans to publish their first issue before the finish of the semester. Bann and Tan said they want to give space to students to examine topics like food and drink and D.C. occasions through a platform altogether made out of feature stories.

“I wanted something that had more vibrancy and more color and so I thought, ‘Let’s start a publication that is very lifestyle and pops culture-oriented to fill that gap here at GW,’” Tan said.

The editors said that after the first version is published this spring, the group plans to release another issue this summer with guidance for freshmen on the most proficient method to adjust to the University and spend carefully on GWorld.

“We want that to be physical so they can have that sort of memorabilia of their first week at GW,” Tan said. “I think it would just be a cool thing to do.”

The magazine will work on one edition every semester somewhere in the range of 50 and 60 pages, and the print editions will incorporate submissions from journalists and non-authors, they said.

The website incorporates five sections – music, style, advocacy, nourishment and drink, and occasions – which Tan said is updated with new posts at regular intervals. The website as of now includes an audit of GCDC, a summary of the best-dressed actors at the Oscars and a blog-style post about the idea of home from a child of divorce.

Tan said she was motivated to begin the publication after she made an online magazine with her companions in secondary school called Poptized.

“It influenced my decision in starting Currant, and it influenced my love in everything pop-culture related,” Tan said. “I just think it’s so interesting to see how people react to and talk about this stuff, and I want to provide that gateway to get to know what’s happening behind the scene.”

She added that individuals want to print stories identified with college students and D.C. culture. Tan said she and Bann search for interested writers and picture takers who are “very outgoing and creative.”

“The kind of students that should apply to Currant should be someone who doesn’t stick to the status quo,” Tan said. “When writing articles we kind of hope, not expect, but hope that the writers have a very different perspective on things because we want to publish articles that people are going to be like ‘Woah, I’ve never seen that before, what are their thoughts on it?’”

Bann said that when she first showed up the campus, she was to a great extent unaware of D.C’s. culture scene outside of politics and wants to utilize the publication to urge students to investigate the city.

“Our mission is to be a creative outlet for people to express themselves and to be able to cater to the student audience,” said Bann. “Just to be the creative outlet that GW is missing,” Bann said.

Bann said the magazine should concentrate on publishing content identified with both GW and the whole D.C. zone, similar to restaurants and exercises students should look at around the District.

“GW is very political, but we also have a beautiful art scene and we want to shine more light on that,” she said.

Be that as it may, Bann said the politics-issues environment of GW’s campus won’t be lost on Currant. The advocacy section of the magazine will concentrate on the political happenings and activism nearby, explicitly fights that students have held or gone to around D.C., she said.

Bann included that the magazine recruited students toward the start of the spring semester, and individuals are thinking about reopening the applications to apply again toward the finish of the semester.

“Anyone is welcome and currently staff consists of editors, writers, and graphic designers,” she said. “Currently we have closed our application, but we are thinking of reopening. Commitment level is what you make of it, but it’s largely based on what the editors want.”

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