About Us

Faculty Editor: Cynthia Anderson, Adjunct Professor

Cynthia Anderson is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer whose work has twice been cited as notable in The Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin 2002 and 2003). Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Christian Science Monitor, cnn.com, msnbc.com, usatoday.com, Boston Magazine, Redbook and other national publications. Winner of the 2004 New Millennium Fiction Award, Anderson has also received two recent Pushcart Prize nominations. One of her short stories appears in the anthology Flash Fiction (W.W. Norton & Co. 2006), and she is winner of the 2012 Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Her collection of stories River Talk, published by C&R Press, was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014.. Anderson works from the premise that independent of format all good writing shares the same fundamentals: conflict, narrative, character development and careful attention to language. She has been leading The Comment workshop for ten years.

National Prizes

Awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

  • Finalist, Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Best Student Magazine
  • Second Place, AEJMC Single Issue MagazineóGeneral Excellence
  • Second Place, AEJMC First-Person Article
  • First Place, AEJMC First-Person Article
  • Finalist, SPJ Best Student Magazine (Northeast)
  • Finalist, SPJ Best Magazine Non-Fiction Article (Northeast)
  • Winner, SPJ Best Student Magazine (Northeast)
  • Winner, Best Student Magazine
  • Individual features and essays awarded additional SPJ and AEJMC honors 2000-present.

Judgeís comments from the 2007 AEJMC Student Magazine Contest:

ď[The Comment] fully realizes its stated mission of publishing articles on how people adapt to changing environments. It does so with a simple yet elegant clarity that befits a true thought-leader magazine. Moreover, The Commentís range of articles was brilliantly original and eclectic: from how visionary architect Mark Goulthorpe is adapting architecture that reflects the new digital mind to how beavers and humans are learning to live together in New Englandís growing exurbia. Wonderfully written, reported and edited, The Comment is a fully sustained work, one that makes the reader believe that ideas do indeed still matter in our culture. The Commentís story choices were fresh and original; the writing and reporting were very strong; and the editing was outstanding.

John A. Walsh, executive vice president and executive editor of ESPN

The Comment

Founded more than a decade ago, The Comment magazine was originally a forum for promoting the College of Communication to prospective students and other outside parties. 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 direction of the magazine in 1994.

Under the direction of Blau, Michelle Seaton, the first faculty editor, then Cynthia Anderson, the second and current faculty editor, The Comment entered a new phase. How better, Blau thought, to promote the school than to highlight the work produced by its students? Organized around a central theme, each issue of the magazine would demonstrate the insight and journalistic skills of COM graduate students. Since that time, the award-winning magazine and the associated workshop have become places where students can explore issues of interest and publish thoughtful, substantive pieces examining our shared world and culture.