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Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Posted December 15, 2017
Top photo: Cover of the Fall 2018 issue of InterCom


InterCom, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications, won four gold awards and three honorable mentions in the 2017 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.

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Spring 2017

Awards
Writing/Magazine – Gold
Magazine/Educational Institution – Gold
Design (Print)/Magazine Cover – Honorable Mention
Design (Print)/Magazine – Honorable Mention

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Fall 2016 

Awards
Writing/Magazine – Gold
Magazine/Educational Institution – Gold
Design (Print)/Magazine – Honorable Mention

InterCom is produced by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Publication Writing and Design class, taught by instructor Kathy Pettit, ’76, and design editor Alison West Moons, ‘13. Not only does the class develop content of interest to alumni, but it also prepares students for careers after college.

"Our students explore all the elements of creating a magazine, from identifying worthy stories, to research, interviewing, writing, photography and design," Pettit said.  "They work long hours and develop a stronger understanding of what they will experience after graduation. To be recognized for their efforts is rewarding as they develop new writing, editing and photography skills.”

Senior Instructor Lisa Sisk developed the course in 2009; she taught it through the Fall 2014 issue, before handing the reins to then-dean Charles Bierbauer for the Spring 2015 issue.

The magazine has been recognized by the MarCom awards each year since it began entering the competition in 2013.

“InterCom is student-produced because we recognize the value of providing students with real-world experience,” Dean Tom Reichert said. “The fact that their work can compete with professional publications is a testament to the rigor of our curriculum and the quality of our faculty.”

The MarCom competition, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, recognizes achievement in the marketing and communications industry. More than 6,000 entries are submitted from individuals and organizations across the globe each year.

The Fall/Winter 2017 InterCom hit mailboxes in mid-December.

View all back issues of InterCom