GSU Magazine Blog Review (Assignment #4)

Article #1:

“Student Volunteers Train Future Guide Dogs on Campus” – by Sandra Bennett

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If you’ve ever been on GSU’s campus, you’ve seen your occasional fellow classmate with a guide dog from the Guide Dog Foundation (GDF). The GDF is connected to GSU because they have reached out to GSU for student volunteers. The article reveals that a college campus is an ideal place for puppy guide dogs to grow up because of all of the activity it exposes them to. I have always been curious about the dogs’ training processes.

The article is targeted towards GSU students. Although it is primarily informational, it also features a story about GSU Junior, Ariel Vipond, and her experience with the Guide Dog Foundation. Ariel’s story makes the article relatable to other GSU students, especially those interested in participating in the GDF’s program.

I believe this story “made the cut” because it is localized, it was written in everyday English, it engages the reader immediately and the lead is direct. In terms of news values, the article impacts GSU students and is a human interest piece. Proximity also comes into play because the program uses student volunteers on campus.

Besides the obvious reason of being able to train a puppy for the greater good of the visually impaired, I believe this article will be important to other undergraduate students because they can also get the community service hours that many of them need.

Article #2:

“Student Lands First U.S. State Department Internship”– by Sandra Bennett

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The article is a profile on Reilly McJury, a GSU student who currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, working in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. As a GSU student, it is inspiring to read an article about Reilly’s successful internships. It makes me hopeful that I could have a similar opportunity and experience in my field of study.

The article is targeted towards GSU students. It was published to open students’ eyes about the unlimited possibilities for experience, even while in school. I believe this story “made the cut” because it is localized, it is an engaging profile to read and it has (indirect) impact on other GSU students. In terms of news values, the profile is a human interest piece.

I believe this article will be important to other undergraduate students because they can relate to Reilly. She is a regular girl from Carrollton, GA who has gotten the opportunity of a lifetime. It could happen to anyone. The article is also interesting to read because it focuses on Reilly’s current and past internships, as well as how she is showing her True Blue spirit while away from home.

Having read a bulk of the articles from the Spring 2013 issue, my suggestion for the Fall issue would be to keep the articles relatable to the students. The writers did a great job of that in this issue. I would suggest that they spotlight newsworthy campus events and important information regarding the Fall 2013 semester. It would also be a good idea to feature an article on success tips for the incoming freshmen. Students are likely their biggest target audience, so the magazine’s main goal should always be catering to our student needs to give us stories that impact us.

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