Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2009

Capstone Advisor

Melissa Chessher

Honors Reader

Bill Glavin

Capstone Major

Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism

Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Journalism Studies | Other Communication


For my capstone project, I chose to do something that fell within the creative category. Being a magazine journalism major, most of my coursework has to do with editing, writing, and layout so I wanted to use the skills I learned in the classroom to create and find a new publication on the S.U. campus. Zipped magazine is S.U.’s only fashion publication and it allows students with an interest in this area, the opportunity to further develop their skills through writing, photography, graphics and design. Furthermore, readers are able to learn about issues that the fashion industry faces in the media. Zipped includes articles that not only apply to students interested in fashion, but rather the critical issues that are faced in this industry such as shape diversity, size diversity, race diversity, etc. Each of theses issues has a section that touches upon the lives and feelings of many SU students. Zipped provides readers with entertainment, but it also makes them more knowledgeable and helps them gain perspective on issues in the fashion industry and how they relate to everyone.

In creating Zipped, we formed an executive board of students who had strengths in different areas. We knew that in order for our layouts to be strong we needed a graphic specialist. The same went for photography, we needed someone who knew how to edit and photoshop pictures to make them just right to put into the layouts. Zipped also showcases the talents of many students who are writers and artists. We think it is important to highlight the S.U. students and community so we try to put as much student work into the magazine as possible.

At this point, we publish 1,500 issues a semester and produce a 24-page magazine. Zipped had its’ third issue published in the spring of 2009 and we hope that the magazine continues to grow and thrive on the S.U. campus in the years to come.

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