Putting together a publication can be a daunting task, but when done right, it can be a great experience. The Communicator Magazine is a perfect example of how a team can come together to create something amazing. We had an objective; to create a magazine not only to put all we have learnt into practice, but to also celebrate creative expression, encourage a good reading culture, and promote change in society while celebrating individuals and organizations that truly inspire the world through their phenomenal contributions to humanity. We knew we had to work hard to ensure that the magazine was a reflection of our vision.
Planning was a critical element that contributed to our project’s success. We had a clear vision of what we wanted to accomplish and a plan in place to achieve our goals. Our publication was intended to be a general interest magazine, covering various topics such as education, politics, leisure, entertainment, and sports. Each member of the class selected a beat to contribute articles for the magazine. As the editor, I led the team and collaborated with talented and dedicated individuals, including the deputy editor, associate editors, and sub-editors. Our lecturer, Dr. Sunday John, who came up with the idea, served as the editorial advisor, and I worked directly with him.
The most significant challenges we faced were time and money. We had a tight deadline to meet and needed to secure sponsorships and advertisements to fund the project. However, we were committed to accomplishing our goal and worked tirelessly to source funding. Selected members of the class worked together to identify potential sponsors and advertisers, source ads, and developed a comprehensive plan to ensure that the publication was completed on time and within budget. The School of Media and Communication also provided us with invaluable support.
Editing was another critical aspect of the project. The editorial team had the responsibility of ensuring that every article was well-written, engaging, and met the magazine’s standards. This required close collaboration with the writers to refine their work and ensure that it met our publication’s high standards. We also made certain that the magazine’s design and layout were visually appealing and engaging.
Despite some stressful moments, the overall experience was truly amazing, and I would do it again. As the editor of the Communicator Magazine, I am proud of the team’s contributions and efforts. The project was an excellent learning experience for everyone involved, demonstrating the power of teamwork and collaboration. Our sleepless nights and frustrating moments paid off when we finally got our results – the Communicator Magazine, a publication by the Year 2 Mass Communication students – our bouncing baby project!
– Article by Blessing Bolaji, Mass Communication Year 2