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Spotlight On: BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing– LCC Degree Shows 2019

Written by Maha Khan
Published date 23 May 2019

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing brings together the whole process of creating a magazine – from conceiving the idea through to content production and distribution. In a rapidly changing media landscape, students learn the skills to work across a range of platforms alongside approaches to understanding the broader publishing context. Students have drawn on trends and audience research to create magazines presented in print and digital formats.

This year's exhibition as part of LCC Degree Shows 2019 will showcase our students' work on their magazines.

Explore a handful of the projects on show...

Pablo Más Guilló

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Pablo Mas Guillo ©

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

The subject of magazine journalism was something that always had a place within my interests. Journalism itself is such a powerful tool to communicate, express and evoke.  The magazine content-creating, design and industry aspects of this course attracted me. As a photographer, I believe complimenting writing with the catalyst of visual creation. Journalism is a historic outlet of communicating, it breaks boundaries and its circulation is shocking.

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important? What was the most important lesson and thing you'll take-away from your time at LCC?

LCC is a professional, highly-equipped institution, where I have developed professionally and have learnt how to cover specific needs when creating content for projects or dealing with day-to-day decisions, under pressure and under a normative structure within a specific course/subject.

What is your preferred style of journalism, and what area do you hope to work in the future?

I don’t have a preferred style of journalism – I like journalism that tells something meaningful. Nowadays there is so much corruption in the media, and the focuses of society lay so flat, that the communication networks seem to have lost a trait of purity, rawness and honesty. Even though journalism that mixes writing and visuals is the kind of journalism I have always intended to create.

What work will you be showing in the LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

I will be presenting the 'Artefact' created for my Final Major Project. In this project I explore the rational of independent publications, DIY culture and how the creators of such publications may use these outlets as portfolios and platforms to build career prospects. This photo-book, combines a heavy weight of first-hand film photography though my journey as a photographer in London, accompanied with a set of written interviews. It is titled ‘My Favourite Customers & 100 More Photographs’ - the concept behind the publication lays in the experience and process of the photographer himself: meeting different, new people, building an interest in their background and present, and finally creating a visual shoot encapsulating their essence, then becoming, in theory, his customers.

https://www.instagram.com/pablo__mas/


Rhea Denenga

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Rhea Denenga ©

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I have always loved magazines. From as young as five I began stapling chunks of paper together and creating whole magazines about topics of interest, writing the stories/content and hand drawing all the images. I eventually moved into the digital world and created magazine covers and articles on Photoshop for fun whilst I was in school. While doing my English Language A Level I began a two-week work experience at the Guardian and my love for journalism really grew then.

Seeing all the editors at work and assisting interviewing celebrities I fell in love with the art of writing and this was when I decided to apply to LCC because this course caught my eye and I couldn't have imagined a more specific course for me! Journalism is so important because it gives people a voice and allows people to speak their mind about anything whether it’s something small or something big, it also gives a platform to people that may not normally have the opportunity to have their voice heard! That’s why I love it.

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important? What was the most important lesson and thing you'll take-away from your time at LCC?

The most important lesson I have learnt whilst being at LCC is that YOU are responsible for your dreams. YOU are in charge of your own destiny, seeing my visions come to life and seeing how far I've come as a student and person through sheer hard work and graft has made me grow and learn an awful lot and has enabled me to manage my time, take risks and be brave when it comes to my work and my future.

What is your preferred style of journalism, and what area do you hope to work in the future?

My preferred style of journalism is opinion pieces, because I always have a hell of a lot to say and I would love to work within fashion magazines, interior design magazines or any kind of magazine for that matter, I love them all!

What work will you be showing in the LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

I will be showing my Dissertation titled: Are women’s magazines in the UK fairly representing ethnic minorities? My dissertation explores women's magazines in the UK, mainly focussed on Vogue, Dazed and Vanity Fair, and the question of representation. There has been an ongoing rise of ethnic minorities being featured in magazines in recent years but before this there was little to none. My project discusses the reasons as to why ethnic minorities have been so unfairly represented in their true light for so many years and comes to understand whether this has improved in the current times and if so whether this is a reflection upon society and their values. The project includes interviews with industry professionals and an analysis of Vogue 1929-2019 Dazed and Vanity Fair magazines.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhea-denenga-8a87b6172/


Richard Alexander

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I think journalism is an important form of informing public discourse and giving people the information they need to feel connected to the world as a whole. Where magazines have the power to use ideology to display the interests and dreams of a particular group sparks my interest the most. The way we connect to who we are and want to become through magazines make them an amazing way to understand groups and connect with through entertainment and information combined.

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important? What was the most important lesson and thing you'll take-away from your time at LCC?

Learn to co-operate despite the conditions and differences. It has taught me to appreciate the objective ahead as the main motive rather than person goals taking the forefront. To learn to this is to create good work despite whatever the situation may hold and I will take that into my life after university.

What is your preferred style of journalism, and what area do you hope to work in the future?

I would say my preferred styles are feature and video, I hope to take those content skills into marketing for publishers as a career.

What work will you be showing in the LCC Degree Shows, and could you tell us a little about it?

I will be showing my dissertation essay, "Is the Representation in the Rise of Black People Featured on Consumer Magazine Covers Helpful Towards Race Politics?"

Amanda Orth

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What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important?

I am interested in the whole magazine content creation process - having an idea and making it a reality. It does not necessarily need to be news based journalism. I enjoy long-form journalism the most, such as an interview with someone who has something important or interesting to say or story to tell.

What interested you in magazine journalism, and why do you think journalism is important? What was the most important lesson and thing you'll take-away from your time at LCC?

That designing/editing or the print process takes much longer than you think. You will ALWAYS run into difficulties and you need to be able to find solutions and adapt. Creativity does not only lie in photography or writing, it is also a big part in problem solving.

What is your preferred style of journalism, and what area do you hope to work in the future?

As our course it not only based around journalism, I've been able to explore features in content creation which I enjoy the most. I probably like art direction the best, whether its for an editorial or a music video. Although I do enjoy a tangible product, I hope print never dies.

LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 1 takes place from 29 May – 1 June 2019.

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