Boston University Course Sparks Magazine Design Contest

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(Boston) – Ever want to design your own magazine but didn’t have the ways and means? Would-be designers now have a crack at shaping up to 20 pages in the digital magazine Citizen Culture, thanks to a contest sparked by a one-of-a-kind course taught by the youngest faculty member in Boston University’s College of Communication.

The contest is an extension of the syllabus for “Magazine Business Development for the 21st Century,” taught by 24-year-old Jonathon Scott Feit, a BU graduate and publisher of Citizen Culture. College of Communication Dean John Schulz said it is one of the few courses in the nation focusing on the business side of publishing and new media.

“The fact is that technology has opened the floodgates to the publishing industry, if you only know the tricks of the trade and plan your strategy carefully,” said Feit. “This course helps prepare students for the emerging digital publishing world and sets Boston University apart from most other top-ranked journalism programs. Now this contest extends the project globally.”

The Citizen Culture Magazine Concept Competition is open to all comers, including students. Feit has assembled a panel of top publishing experts as judges who will select finalists whose design entries will be showcased in upcoming editions of Citizen Culture, the industry’s first all-digitally delivered consumer magazine. Guidelines for submissions can be found at March 15 is the deadline to enter.

“Never has a publication opened its pages like this,” said Feit. “It will introduce the top ideas to the publishing community for exposure, an amazing resume boost, and perhaps even acquisition. It’s an exciting prospect for up-and-comers who want to make a name for themselves and get a leg up in the race for publishing industry jobs.”

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. A half-century ago, it was the first school in the nation to offer a master’s degree in public relations. The BU College of Communication has nearly 2,500 students enrolled in the Departments of Journalism; Film and Television; and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.