Hot off the press: dream of printed student magazine realised

Published in the June-July 2017 issue

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SCUSM issue two

Hot off the press in time for Orientation and Session 2 is the latest edition of SCUSM, the Southern Cross University Student Magazine. And no one is more chuffed than its editor Karlyn Major.

The printed magazine is the digital media and communications student’s brainchild and Karlyn said she’s buoyed by the response from students.

“We launched the magazine in 2016 which saw a purely online-based publication. When I took the job as the editor it was my goal to introduce two printed editions in 2017.

“The response was incredible from the first printed magazine that was released at the beginning of Session 1.

“The team is growing and we now have a great group of regular contributors who have all helped make issue two come to life.

“We are also growing our following, and I think more and more people are genuinely interested in the magazine.

“I can’t wait to hear some feedback from the second edition,” she said.

Now in her final year at University, Karlyn has embraced as many ‘real world’ experiences as possible during her studies: as SCUSM 2017 editor; an internship at ABC North Coast, including writing stories for online and producing programs; part of the UniPollWatch newsroom team of student journalists covering the 2016 federal election; producing an audio story for the University’s CubeWalk Soundtrail about law student Johanna Byrne; and working with BayFM’s community newsroom in Byron Bay producing radio news stories.

Karlyn Major with the student magazine’s first printed edition.

“I’m a high achiever,” Karlyn said. “I put everything into any project. I’ve learned a lot through all of those experiences, which makes me motivated to seek out real opportunities to incorporate into my studies.”

Karlyn has been returning to ABC North Coast to continue working on a project she started during her internship late last year.

“I’m helping produce an ABC Open diary blog by Cassie Windows, a SCU environmental and marine science student who’s overseas this year volunteering in different roles.

“I’ve been interviewing Cassie throughout the year when she has internet access and those interviews have aired on the Mornings programs.”

Working on the ‘Community Newsroom’ program at BayFM (Byron Bay) has given Karlyn some insight in to a potential career as a radio news journalist.

“It’s been a fantastic and unique experience. Working with a team of volunteers means that everyone is always ready to help and support each other. It has been something that has made me seriously consider radio journalism as a future career path,” she said.

Karlyn also designed the snake safety information poster that was pinned around the Lismore campus this past summer. The initiative came out of SCU Live Ideas. Karlyn’s poster received the most votes from faculty staff and in a People’s Choice vote.

“Live Ideas projects are exciting because our efforts as students can potentially be used in public. It’s an extra motivation and boost to put in more effort to achieve better results,” Karlyn said.

The snake safety poster designed by Karlyn Major.

“The poster assessment was engaging and provided the experience of working in a real time situation, including the process of reworking the poster after I won the competition to meet the publication requirements.”

Karlyn was a property manager before enrolling in media degree at Southern Cross University to pursue her childhood dream of being a journalist.

“I think it is important to follow a career where your interests lie,” she said.

“I have always loved writing and being creative, so I am studying journalism and design. I am enjoying every minute, and can’t wait to graduate and get into the workforce.”

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