When I was in college at Arizona State University from 2006 to 2008, I wrote for the school news paper; called State Press News.
At this point, I had already run my own Magazine called S.L.A.M. (Support Local Arts & Music,) and written for College Affair Magazine. In addition, I was doing an internship at the East Valley Tribune.
However, I took regular assignments with the ASU newspaper in addition to my other work. This was because I paid my way through my education mostly by winning scholarships. The more activities I did, the better it looked an my scholarship applications.
The school newspaper assigned me the things everyone else was too nervous to write about. For awhile I did a sex column for them, and I always ended up with the stories about “scary people” like the Goth subculture or the metal music scene.
However, I took whatever assignments they gave me because I am an easy-going person and I am comfortable researching anything. I didn’t save many of my clips because I was often too busy to pick up the paper, but some of them are scattered throughout this post.
I am going back over all the writing that I have done in my life, and my time at College Affair Magazine stands out as some of the best. I really enjoyed writing about my favorite venues, music, and art. They gave me a long leash. I was able to pick my own story ideas, and take my own photos.
Above is the first page of a three page story with color pictures about all the places to see live music in downtown Phoenix.
Below is a story about all the places to see live music in Tempe.
Both stories where a lot of work, but they were also fun to write and came out well.
Over my time at College Affair Magazine (2007 to 2009), I was able to highlight all of my favorite things in the valley.
I wasn’t on staff with regular assignments at College Affair. However, I freelanced for them often enough that it felt like I was. It was good experience, and I think it helped me become a better writer.
My favorite piece to create was a five page spread on The Alwun House’s history and on the events that they hold. The cover is pictured below, and I took the picture (although I had no say over the graphic design work around the edges.)
It was a great job, and I loved having the opportunity to contribute to the magazine.