Despite rumours of its demise, print is far from being dead. In fact, it is very much alive according to a new student society.
London College of Communication hosted the launch of the Magazine Publishing Society at the Well Gallery on October 3, which welcomed more than thirty prospective members eager to explore what was on offer. Leading the event was Loana Rondot, the society’s president and treasurer, and Taylor Tomlinson, the vice president and editor-in-chief of the upcoming society magazine.
More than thirty attendees gathered to hear more about the new society
“The Magazine Publishing Club began as an initiative for the BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing course at London College of Communication to increase the connection among the students,” says Rondot, who just entered their third year on the course. “However, we quickly realised that the people joining were not just from our course, but from different ones as well.” With over sixty people expressing interest in attending the event, it’s clear that the club is a welcome addition to the college’s societies.
Rondot and Tomlinson introduced their concepts and ideas for the society
Despite the positive reception, the process of turning the Magazine Publishing Club into an official society still proved to be a challenge. Documentation issues delayed the start for several months, but Rondot and Tomlinson stayed positive as they organised events, managed commitments, and ensured proper communication. “We’re still in the process of learning, so this society might evolve significantly from the beginning of this year to the end of next year,” reflects Tomlinson.
Attendees had the opportunity to peek inside the magazine published by the Magazine Publishing Club, now turned Magazine Publishing Society
“We aim to be as responsive as possible to the interests our members,” says Tomlinson. “For example, we noticed a strong interest in the publishing process, which is often not touched on in many courses here,” she explains. Now, having access to official funding from University of the Arts London changes everything. The roster of activities lined up will include gallery visits, guest speakers, workshops within and outside the university, and much more.
The London College of Communication’s student bar laid the groundwork for friendships and collaborations to blossom
Rondot is certain that the society will not only encourage creative collaborations but also nurture new friendships. “Right now, it feels a bit stressful because we’re still in the organisational phase,” she says. “However, once everything is established and we can attend our own events and enjoy them, it will rewarding to know that these events wouldn’t have happened without our effort.”
All images courtesy of Una Andzane.