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  • The cover of Fall 2017 Intercom

Student-produced magazine wins industry awards

Posted December 5, 2018

InterCom magazine, the student-produced alumni and donor magazine for the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina, took home two platinum awards, four gold awards and two honorable mentions in the 2018 MarCom Awards for its two most recent issues.

Spring 2018 issue:  Read it online in pdf format»

  • Magazine/Educational Institution – Platinum
  • Design (Print)/Magazine – Gold
  • Design (Print)/Magazine Cover – Honorable Mention

Fall 2017 issue:  Read it online in pdf format»

  • Magazine/Educational Institution – Gold
  • Design (Print)/Magazine – Gold
  • Design (Print)/Magazine Cover – Honorable Mention
  • Writing/Magazine – Platinum
  • Design (Print)/Magazine Interior – Gold

InterCom magazine 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.

“The InterCom class offers a taste of multiple communication skills to students who are interested in learning how to create a magazine from start to finish,” Pettit said.  “They explore all the elements of creating a magazine, from identifying worthy stories, to research, interviewing, writing, photography and design. To be recognized for their efforts is rewarding as they develop stronger writing, editing and photography strengths.”

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.

“I think it says something about the quality of our education when our students are competing against — and beating  professional publications,” said Dean Tom Reichert. “InterCom students are able to jump into fast-paced, multifaceted jobs when they graduate, and it’s because of the skills they learn producing the magazine.”

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 2018 InterCom will hit mailboxes in late December.

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