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UNM students launch new magazine

Copyright © 2013 Albuquerque Journal

In a poorly lit room on the third floor of the University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building, a small group of students still high off the release of their new magazine, Bound, were strategizing their next one.

How could they reach more people? One student volunteered to take over the magazine’s Twitter account and keep it flowing throughout the summer, when school was out. Another would take over the Instagram account.

Next semester, maybe, they’ll be able to meet in an actual classroom, where they can again gather submissions from all over UNM and put together the school’s only student-run magazine.

The students told editor Jordan Unverzagt, who founded Bound, that next semester they wanted to have more defined roles. The discussion continued.

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The University of New Mexico’s new magazine, Bound, can be found online at unmbound.com.

Unverzagt had for years been thinking about founding a magazine. This year, her ideas came to fruition with the publication of Bound, which can be found on unmbound.com.

“I didn’t know the vision until I was doing it,” Unverzagt said.

That mission soon became “just a platform for students to express their voice,” she said.

Unverzagt graduated this spring, but will continue to have oversight of the magazine as a full-time graphics designer for the Student Union Building. The magazine was also her honors senior thesis for her Communication and Journalism degree.

“People seemed to really take to it. The feedback was really more than I was expecting,” Unverzagt said. “It’s really exciting to see that people also care about it.”

Bound is funded by the Communication and Journalism department and by student government, and is considered a student organization. Students who put the publication together also get course credit, Unverzagt said.

A total of 11 staffers helped put together Bound’s first issue, released in April. Each staffer targets a different school, college or department and recruits students to submit entries.

The magazine contains poetry, articles about student life, feature stories, art and photographs. For example, one short article features UNM’s Japanese Language Club, which invites students interested in studying abroad or learning Japanese to join.

The first edition was printed and distributed around campus, but more content is available online. Unverzagt said she was not sure whether the magazine would stick to an online format or also produce copies in print.

Unverzagt said launching Bound was exciting but challenging.

Getting students to submit for publication was one of the most trying parts of the process, she said.

“When I talked about it, people seemed very interested and then they wouldn’t submit,” she said. “I heard back from 10 percent of the people.”

Lourdes Martinez, a junior studying journalism, had no experience in publications prior to joining Bound.

“I just had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I learned a lot.”

For example, Martinez helped get advertisers for the magazine. She was also in charge of gathering submissions from students in the College of Pharmacy.

At times, her job was intimidating, but she carried on.

“I think since I came in not knowing anything about working in a publication I learned the lesson is you need to be more forthcoming in order to succeed,” Martinez said. “You need to put yourself out there and you need to not be afraid.”

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