A graduate publication of the College of Communication
The Comment magazine was originally a forum for promoting the College of Communication to prospective students and others. Two graduate student assistants put together the first issue, with articles featuring events and people from the College. The mission of the publication remained the same until Writing Director Susan Blau took over its direction in 1994.
Under Blau and three subsequent faculty editors, The Comment has since showcased the work of graduate students in journalism, film, photography, and public relations. Rather than emphasize the College itself, the magazine seeks to presents COM graduate students’ best work . Much of that work originates in a fall-semester Comment workshop, led by instructor Cynthia Anderson; the remainder comes from upper-level COM classes. Organized around a central theme determined by that year’s staff of graduate students, each issue contains a variety of features, photo essays, memoirs, film scripts, profiles, and short stories.
Today, The Comment and its associated workshop have become places where students can explore issues of interest and publish thoughtful, substantive pieces examining our shared world and culture. Works published in The Comment consistently earn top honors in contests run by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Previous issues have won SPJ’s Best Student Magazine as well as a host of individual prizes. Staffers have gone on to obtain positions at national-caliber venues including Esquire, Boston Magazine, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s.