Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Art and Design | Creative Writing | Film and Media Studies | Graphic Design
For my Honors Capstone Project, I chose to create an original magazine. Our campus has many publications, but there is no travel magazine for students to contribute to. I decided to create a campus travel magazine, one that would focus on trips in the general area of Syracuse. I want to be a magazine writer and editor in the future, so this project was a great way for me to gain experience in the field.
I asked friends to help with writing some of the articles, taking photographs, creating original artwork, and helping me to design and layout the magazine in the correct format. I used Adobe InDesign for the design, and created a 32-page publication. I chose to have the magazine printed on glossy paper by the Syracuse University printing department.
A travel magazine is something that the Syracuse University campus could actually use. There are a lot of travel and culture magazines out there, but not many of them are aimed at the college demographic. Many travel magazines have a wealthier target audience, so I decided to include stories on ways to save money while traveling, such as free applications for smart phones and day trips to save lodging expenses. Many students never leave campus, and although the university encourages us to explore the downtown area, it is equally important to explore the areas outside of the city. Central New York has many interesting sights, and I wanted to use this project to encourage students to leave campus for a weekend and see the rest of the area.
Wolk, Victoria, "Suitcase Magazine" (2013). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 9.
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