The AS Review
The AS Review is a weekly publication dedicated to publishing news, events and student activities within the Associated Students organization at Western. With that said, the paper has the freedom to go outside of that and publish any story on Western-related topics, said Spencer Pederson, assistant editor of The AS Review.
The staff is comprised of five writers, two editors and one photographer. The AS Review publishes most Mondays.
"We write everything from hard news to feature stories, Q & As, profiles [and] sports," Pederson said. "It’s a good publication that serves the Western community as a whole, with the focus around the Associated Students."
Being completely run by students, it is up to the two editors to choose what is best for the paper, Pederson, a journalism major, said.
The AS Review is the only publication at Western whose entire staff is employed by the university. Since The AS Review is not a class, there is more freedom to publish diverse content. The absence of a professor, participation grade or syllabus contributes to this, Pederson said. More freedom to concentrate on the stories assigned allows for freedom to try new things and find different tones and voices within the writing.
The publication also accepts submissions. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate, Pederson added. The AS Review accepts letters to the editor and guest submissions about news stories, events, poetry or whatever someone would like to submit. We are interested in running submissions as long as they are quality content, Pederson said.
"Our place, [on campus] specifically, is to keep students informed of what the Associated Students is doing for them," Pederson said. "The AS is run by students, for the students. [The AS] plays a big role on campus, pretty much organizing all the events and coming up with how to make the campus better from sustainability to concerts and events for all the students on campus. The AS Review’s primary role is to keep students informed on those events, issues and topics."
Fairhaven Free Press
The Fairhaven Free Press is a student publication that was published every quarter until Fall quarter of 2012. Since the last staff member graduated and advisor Daniel Larner took a professional leave of absence during Fall and Winter quarter this year to research at the University of Delaware, the publication has yet to publish. Larner hopes to get the publication back on track once he returns.
The Fairhaven Free Press began about eight years ago and stands as a place where students can write more in-depth pieces, Larner said. Publishing every quarter allowed for the staff to produce long, heavily researched, investigated stories and even photo essays. The publication has had students report from all over the world and has investigated a multitude of topics, Larner said.
Oil extractions, local problems and issues and even donut shops have been stories featured in the publication.
Students can write for the Fairhaven Free Press for Fairhaven credit, meeting once a week.
This publication has a different voice, resembling that of a magazine, Larner said.
Previous issues of the Fairhaven Free Press are featured online in PDF form on ffpressonline.com
"Jeopardy is Western’s own literary-and-arts magazine," said Alison Cooper, editor-in-chief of Jeopardy.
This publication features works from students, staff, faculty and alumni. The works in Jeopardy typically have a creative bend toward fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, photography or anything that someone can create, Cooper said. Jeopardy has an online portion titled "Suffix," which is geared toward experimental work or work that cannot be featured on print such as audio, video and hypertext.
Jeopardy does not have a theme for submitters to mold their work around.
"That’s something we often get asked, like [whether there] is a certain voice that we’re looking for, is there a certain type of writing…but we’re really just open to all sorts of different forms, themes and content," Cooper explained. "We’re just looking for something that evokes something and that’s whether it’s emotional or what not. Something that’s just really compelling and engages the mind or the heart…"
Jeopardy’s staff is comprised of three associate editors, a print designer, an online designer, a group of student volunteers who read submissions and Cooper, the editor-in-chief.
The publication has been around for 49 years and submissions used to be open to anyone, but a few years ago, it became limited to people associated with Western.
"It’s a really great opportunity for people to start sending out their work," Cooper said. "It’s kind of a step in-between not publishing anything and going for Poetry Magazine."
Submissions for Jeopardy are submitted online and a blind reading process begins – meaning that no one will know who is associated with the piece, Cooper explained. This type of selection process is a pretty fair way to choose submissions, she said.
Jeopardy receives hundreds of submissions every year and only publishes the best ones they see fit, Cooper said. Last year’s edition published 35 works and covered about 200 pages. That edition has won design awards, and has been featured on Pinterest and Tumblr websites, Cooper said.
The publication comes out once a year in the spring and unfortunately the deadline for text submissions has passed. However, the deadline for art submissions is midnight on Friday, April 5.
"We are a showcase of the creative talent that is happening on Western’s campus," Cooper said. "We have such an amazing pool of writers and artists, and Jeopardy is a place for their works to be displayed."
Klipsun is offered as a course through the journalism department. Writers and editors receive class credit and editors are also paid. Klipsun is the university’s periodical and it comes out twice a quarter and contains longer, more in-depth stories.
"It focuses on interesting snippets of life that you might not get to see or understand," Branden Griffith, the Editor in Chief of Klipsun this quarter said.
Each issue of the publication has a theme. For example, the upcoming issue will be centered on the theme ‘Rise.’
Griffith has been involved with Klipsun for three quarters now, serving as a writer, story editor, the managing editor and now the editor-in-chief. He says his vision for the publication is to modernize it, placing an increased emphasis on design and visual lead-ins into stories as well as increasing Kilpsun’s online presence. He also wants to ensure that the publication follows the standards of the magazine industry as much as possible.
"We are viewed as a student publication but we’re trying to turn it into a professional publication run by students," Griffith said.
Griffith said the main thing that separates Klipsun from other campus publications is its ability to get a more intimate look at interesting topics.
"Other publications can’t go as deep. They can’t go out and be as involved with the stories," Griffith said. "For our next issue, we’re doing a story on ice-climbing so we had a photographer actually go out and go ice-climbing. Other publications don’t have the time to do things like that."
No matter what the theme of the issue is, Griffith said that when you pick up a copy of Klipsun, you can expect to see stories about interesting people within the Western, Bellingham or greater Pacific Northwest community.
"We provide unique human interest stories, that’s our main focus. You’re reading about people in a way you haven’t heard before," Griffith said.