To give students a more realistic view of magazine production, Linn Ann Huntington, associate professor of communication studies at Fort Hays State University, and her magazine production class of five traveled April 6-7 to Topeka.
The group toured the offices of Kansas Magazine and Ingram's Magazine, a publication that covers business and industry in the Kansas City area.
"This let students be introduced to magazines published in Kansas," Huntington said. "There's a preconceived notion that you must be in New York or in the east to publish a magazine."
At Kansas Magazine's office, students visited with the editor, art director and subscription coordinator, while at Ingram's they spoke with all eight of the magazine's editors.
Huntington said that with the Internet, most magazine publishers may not even reside in the same state and may only communicate via e-mail or instant messaging.
"The Internet has changed everything," she said.
"I think that the students learned a lot and came back with the realization that a magazine publication company doesn't have to be stationed in downtown Manhattan, New York," Huntington said.
According to Huntington, this is also the first year that a magazine publication class has been offered at FHSU in the 14 years that she has taught on campus.
"We thought that this would be a good support for this endeavor for some of the students who work on the magazine," Huntington said. "Some of the students are putting it out with never working on one before. It was a good way to attract some to the students who were on the staff."
She said that while a future course may not be offered due to low student interest, several students have expressed interest in taking the trip to Topeka to visit the publishers.
Mark Keller, Johnson senior, Sarah Schwantes, Lindsborg sophomore, Krista Lutgen, Osborne senior, Brandie Johnson, Phillipsburg special student and Maria Shigeta, Kanagawa, Japan, attended the trip.