The fall issue of RIT: The University Magazine will be in the mail on Aug. 4. That means we’re now at work on the winter issue.
Sounds weird but it really does take many months for our little team to gather the information, write and edit the stories, shoot the photos and develop the design for a 48-page (sometimes larger) publication. The schedule includes a couple of weeks for proofing plus four weeks for the printer to actually “manufacture” the final product.
The fascinating story of how the magazine comes together begins when an editorial group comprised of the vice president for Government and Community Relations, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, chief communications officer, executive director of Alumni Relations and several others get together to determine content. The editor (that’s me!) is chief writer and expediter. Other University News staffers contribute stories and photos. Alumni Relations and Development provide class notes, alumni activities info and other material. University Publications handles design and print production.
The RIT magazine has grown and evolved since it first appeared in spring 1999. We now distribute 120,500 copies, an increase of more than 30,000. The mailing list includes alumni (nearly 100,000), parents of current students, faculty, staff and other friends of the university.
Originally biannual (spring and fall), a third (winter) edition was added in 2002. The first few issues had 32 pages; now 48 is the norm, and the upcoming fall magazine will be 56 pages. We could easily fill more space—there’s no shortage of terrific stories about RIT, its alumni, students, faculty and programs. Story ideas come from everywhere, and we’re always looking for good ones. I welcome your suggestions—please feel free to comment here on the blog or send me an e-mail.
The magazine’s mission is to share those stories with people who care about RIT—and, through those stories, to continue the connection between these people and the university.
In the fall issue, readers will get a peek at the Galapagos islands. They’ll learn about RIT’s place in the emerging world of on-demand publishing. There’s a feature about several alumni who responded to Hurricane Katrina in very personal ways. We also reveal how a missing class ring was returned to its owner—after an absence of 28 years.
The fall issue also carries complete details and registration information for Brick City Homecoming—but if you can’t wait, visit the Web site right now!