About this project
The Beat is a print publication at Purchase College devoted mostly to long-form journalism and music. Through social media, we are already providing information about Purchase's broader arts community. In doing this, we hope to widen the audiences for all of our artists (which include faculty and alumni), while remaining an independent news organization.
For the first issue, the stories have been reported, photographs taken, and pages designed (by Robin Lynch's Community Design class). All we need now is the money to print. If we can raise $5,000 in 60 days, we can prove to the powers that be that The Beat is a going concern, and we can bring you this magazine on a regular basis.
Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebeatatpc) and follow us on Twitter: @thebeatatpc
Thank you for your support.
Briana Rodriguez, editor in chief
Scott Duwe, managing editor
Michelle Huey, creative director
Catherine Castro, director of social media/marketing
Christie Rotondo, features editor
Rebecca Strassberg, news editor
Andrew Marinaccio, editor, reviews/special projects
Meredith Jones, photo editor
Rebecca Kaplan, senior writer
Kevin Redding, senior writer
David Grimaldi, photographer and videographer
Kellyann Petry, photographer
Roman Dean, photographer
Lisa Eadicicco, production editor
Daniel Nation, copy editor
Ashley Helms, reporter
Aurora Fowlkes, reporter
Michael Kerwin, reporter
Jillian Lucas, reporter
Contributing Writers: Michael Andronico, Anthony Aquilino, Scott Interrante
Ole Skaar, community outreach
Andrew Salomon, assistant professor of journalism, adviser for The Beat
Too many reasons to count, but here goes:
1) Our students love it, despite what marketers and focus groups would have you believe.
2) Purchase has a great news site in http://ThePurchaseBrick.com and a great print publication with The Indy, but it doesn't have a print-based publication that's dedicated solely to journalism, and that's what this is.
3) Our students need clips to get jobs and internships, and while http://ThePurchaseBrick.com allows them to do that, their stories typically top out at 500 words. Our students want the opportunity to write long-form pieces, and they deserve the chance.
4) Creating something tangible like a print publication, one that reports on what our students, faculty, and alumni are doing, is ideal for community outreach, particularly fund-raising, as well as student and faculty recruitment.
5) Having the students work on a print publication teaches and reinforces fundamental lessons in journalism that can't be taught as well in the digital realm, where things like space and time constraints and the penalty for mistakes (such as misspelling someone's name) are a lot squishier.
We will have a website, and we're quite active on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thebeatatpc) and Twitter (@thebeatatpc). That's our objective for 2012-13 academic year: buidling a website and providing that service we're already providing through social media--the latest news and information about the arts on and around the Purchase campus.
On your Facebook page you say you're a music magazine and on the video here you say you're dedicated to "the arts." Which is it?
Both. We're dedicated to the arts, mostly music, because that's the lingua franca of the campus. That's the art form that most students, whether they're in the Conservatory or not, actively engage with. But we envision, as we go forward, plenty of stories about what all of our students, faculty, and alumni are doing, no matter the art form or medium.
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