I’ll get straight to the point in this intro: I write for alumni magazines and I read them a lot too. Here’s what I’ve been reading, thinking about, and working on these days.
What does great storytelling look like? As is probably true for a lot of people reading this, I love longform journalism. You say there’s a new story out by Kathryn Schulz? I will happily carve out a weekend afternoon to read it. But I also love the ways we find to share ideas and stories in more succinct ways. That’s one of the reasons I like following Brilliant Ads on Twitter. There are always a few gems that help me think differently about my work.
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UMagazineology is baaaaack! Writing about alumni magazines can be a pretty lonely business, so I was sad when Dale Keiger put UMagazineology on hiatus last year. But he’s been back at it with posts on Brian Doyle, the CASE Editors Forum (day 1 and day 2), and a repost of my interview with Sibley winner Renée Olson. Keep an eye on the site — I’m excited to see what else he’s got to say.
Head to the archives for tips to improve your alumni magazine roundup. One of the staples of nearly every alumni magazine is the roundup feature: Here are six alumni working in [interesting field]! So how do you make your roundups stand out — or at least make them something more than just a series of short profiles? I share my ideas in this post on reinventing the roundup.
Here’s what I’ve been up to. I wrote a profile on Urvashi Tyagi, highflier at Audible, for the WPI Journal called Cracking Tech’s Toughest Codes (page 36) and I have a piece in Hamline University’s alumni magazine about a new federal grant for English language learners. Really want to go down the rabbit hole? You can see a ton more stuff on my portfolio page.