Reflecting on My First Semester at Variant Magazine

If you know me personally, you know that I’ve spent my entire time at Ohio University working for student-run magazines. Last spring, I made the difficult [and nerve-wracking] decision to leave the publication I had been at for the past three years to apply for a spot at Variant Magazine. I went back and forth on my decision quite a lot, and weighed the pros and cons heavily but ultimately felt that the only way to grow as a journalist was to take on a new role at Variant

Exec headshot by Maddy Slyer

Joining the Variant team as its web editor was incredibly intimidating at first and I was both nervous and excited to be surrounded by so many creative people. One of the things that drew me into the magazine was its incredible photography and multimedia online social presence. Although I’ve never really been one to feel comfortable behind the camera, I knew surrounding myself with a team who excelled in my most uncomfortable skill sets would push me to step out of my comfort zone!

After working as Cincinnati Magazine’s digital intern the summer prior, I knew I wanted to become more involved with the digital side of journalism, including website design and blogs. The job posting for Variant’s web editor stated that they were looking for someone to improve website presence, and I was more than eager to take on that responsibility.

Since the start of the summer, I’ve recruited and had the opportunity to work with so many talented writers — some seasoned and some new to writing completely. Not only have we increased Variant’s online content, but the magazine now has a completely redesigned website and weekly newsletter as well! It’s been an incredible experience to be able to share my knowledge with such passionate writers as well as learn from my fellow exec members, and I can’t wait to keep pushing my creative boundaries in the spring!

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As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.

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