Featured Practicum: Tan & Cardinal Magazine Practicum

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Sophomore PR major Heidi Olander browses through the latest edition of the Tan and Cardinal Magazine

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Get hands on experience working for Otterbein’s own magazine publication with the Tan & Cardinal magazine practicum.

The process of creating the magazine first begins with practicum students and staff brainstorming newsworthy story ideas. The stories are then divided into two groups to determine their deadline based on length and subject matter.

Next comes the process of writing, interviewing, and editing articles. Students follow the schedule which the editor has laid out for each issue and report back each week on the progress of their stories. They also inform the designer and photographer on what graphics or pictures they would like to accompany their story before finally seeing their work fresh from the press.

For senior creative writing and psychology double major and editor of the T&C magazine Josh Park, the opportunity to engage in real-world responsibilities is a key asset of the practicum.

“Students are more independent in working on articles and have a more applied sense of responsibility,” said Park. “For example, missing a magazine story deadline means there’s a hole in the magazine. There’s a strong emphasis on student responsibility, which is why I think it’s so important to be available for students to take. Students can even hold positions of leadership which can apply outside of college and be great for resumes.”

The T&C magazine practicum meets Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and is worth one credit hour.

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