A Close Reading into Georgia Southern Magazine

Georgia Southern University has many student media magazines including The Reflector, The Micellany, and FM Magazine. Recently I discovered that there is an online magazine pertaining to ‘all things Georgia Southern.’ I came across this online magazine while doing an assignment for my public relations writing course. It has articles in different sections such as news, research, and athletics.

One article in the magazine that I selected to read was titled “A Conversation with the Carters.” This article is an interview style piece that was written after former president, Jimmy Carter, and first lady Rosalynn Carter, came to speak at Georgia Southern University. This article stuck out to me because of the subject matter and the style of the writing. The fact that such a famous president, such as Jimmy Carter, visited our school, is enough to make this article news worthy. The construction of the article is a series of Q and A’s with Jimmy Carter and a member from the magazine, which makes this piece more interesting than others because it is more personal with Jimmy Carter. I interpreted that the target audience for this article was people who could not attend the event, or for anyone in the Georgia Southern community.

A second article that I read from the magazine was “Georgia Southern Alumnus Searches for Major League Baseball’s Next Big Thing.” Articles like this one are what bring recognition to our school. Dustin Evans, a GSU alumnus, is now a scout for the Seattle Mariners, and is searching for new players to draft. This article really hits home for a lot of people in the Southern community because it shows how such great things are born from within our school. Evans is a former player for the GSU Eagles and as well as the Atlanta Braves. Having an alumnus who has accomplished something so special really inspires a lot of students and prospective students to love Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern has had many famous public figures graduate from the university. Often times, the school is the foundation for the person’s talents and creations. Michael Knight, who was on Project Runway, and now has his own fashion line, is another example of a famous alumnus. Even with the attendance of Jimmy Carter as a guest speaker, having people like this is what inspires students and really makes them appreciate their school. As far as the Fall 2013 issue, I hope that Georgia Southern Magazine continues to focus on important events like the ones mentioned previously.Image

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