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Butler Community College sophomore Emily Beckman had the grades and high school resume to have her pick of colleges when she graduated from Derby High School in 2015.
Beckman, who serves as the Grizzly Magazine editor, chose to come to Butler because she was offered a books and tuition scholarship and because the school’s magazine program appealed to her. A mass communication major, Beckman’s interests in fashion and journalism led her to Grizzly Magazine
“Overall, the magazine has been a good experience,” Beckman said. “This year I am editor-in-chief, and that has been a really good learning experience for me, not only in journalism but also in leadership.”
This semester, the Grizzly Magazine staff has only five staff members. The magazine is published three times per academic year, and it features in-depth stories about campus people and events.
“This year we are trying really hard to work together as a staff to create something we are proud of,” Beckman said. “We want to highlight more of the diversity that is at Butler.”
Grizzly Magazine adviser Michael Swan’s 2014-2015 magazine staff was awarded the All-Kansas Award for overall magazine excellence from the Kansas Collegiate Media in spring 2016. Last year’s magazine will again be up for the award in spring 2017.
Beckman said the staff selects a newsworthy topic to highlight for each magazine. A Grizzly Magazine comes out on campus this week, and the topic is the bill that passed the Kansas legislature to allow concealed weapons to be carried on Kansas college campuses.
When Beckman is not working on the magazine, she interns for the Derby Informer, the newspaper in Derby. Next year, she will attend the University of Kansas and major in print journalism, with the ultimate goal of eventually writing for a magazine.
Beckman cannot decide what type of journalistic writing on which she wants to focus, fashion or hard news. She has learned to love fashion during the time she has spent modeling with Models and Images in Wichita. Beckman models for area events like the Wichita Bridal Expo and the Splurge! Magazine fashion section.
“I mainly do it for fun,” Beckman said. “You learn a good way to portray yourself and be able to move. You become more confident regarding things like how you’d do in an interview, so it’s about things that help you in other aspects of your life.”
Regardless of what type of journalism Beckman decides to produce, she is grateful for her time at Butler.
“As a student, Butler has provided me the opportunity to hold a leadership position as a sophomore on a publication,” Beckman said. “That would’ve been difficult somewhere else.”