Countywide Student Magazine Set To Publish in Spring

Countywide Student Magazine Set To Publish in Spring

Publication hopes to ‘amplify voices’

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

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With funding secured and writers ready to pitch ideas, a new student-run magazine in Montgomery County is poised to publish its first issue this year.

The Amplifier will be a news outlet that covers schools across the county and includes feature stories, student profiles, opinion pieces and school news.

Dan Shapiro, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and an editor of the magazine, said he hopes to have student editors and news from across the county.

Students landed on calling the magazine “The Amplifier” because “our mission is to amplify the voices of students who otherwise would not have a medium to publish their work,” Shapiro said. “I hope that exposing others to journalism will give them an opportunity for growth, as it has for me.”

Many schools such as B-CC have a student newspaper, but those are funded through parent-teacher associations, donations or other sources. They are not funded in the MCPS budget, which leaves some schools with high concentrations of students in poverty or limited access to funding resources without a newspaper.

And Montgomery County has few local news outlets. Some areas of the county get less coverage.

The B-CC students who created the magazine have contacted journalism and English programs for story ideas and invited students to submit pieces for publication.

“For me, one of the most exciting things about The Amplifier is that I’ll be able to collaborate with students from different schools and we’ll be able to share & learn about each other’s experiences,” one of the organizers, Rachel Auerbach, a senior at B-CC, wrote in an email. “Montgomery County is such a diverse and interesting community, and I hope this countywide magazine can spur conversation between people who may not have known each other otherwise.”

The Amplifier will solicit article throughout the winter, lay out the edition in the spring and publish its first edition in April. About 3,000 copies will be printed and distributed among MCPS high schools. It’s estimated it will cost about $2.80 per magazine to print.

The printing will be funded through the MCPS Student Publishing Partnership, led by Editorial, Graphics & Publishing Services Supervisor John Marshall.
So far, students have received positive feedback about the magazine, Shapiro said.

“It feels like everyone is thrilled to hear that we are attempting to address an inequality in our community,” he said.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

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