A look at the Columbia students who spent a semester arguing, collaborating and neurotically e-mailing to produce this year’s New York Review of Magazines.
Enrique Acevedo Quintana
Enrique was born in Mexico City 28 years ago. Before beginning his master’s in journalism, he obtained a B.A. in international relations from El Tecnológico de Monterrey and then worked as project manager for Grupo Reforma, one of the most respected news organizations in the world. His career interests lie in the management side of media.
What Are They Reading?
Kristen is a Southern transplant to the Big Apple. Her background has been in broadcast, working as an on-air reporter for her college television station, but she is eager to learn more of the magazine world. Kristen would give anything to work with a sports publication.
New Moon’s Girl Editors
Originally from Northern Virginia, Jenna has recently returned from years living and working in Kazakhstan where she was mistaken for an Estonian spy only twice and where her vegitariansim was a great conversation-starter. Enthusiastic about delving into new experiences, Jenna loved working on the editorial end of NYRM.
88 Magazine Uses
An Ex-Con’s Legal Mag
Asa’s originally from Ohio, but he came to NYRM after a three-year stint at a newspaper in Connecticut. He’s keen on research, reporting and long-form writing, and hopes someday to swab the decks—and maybe even write a story or two—at a magazine near you.
Charting the Masthead
Radar’s Neverending Story
2600: The Hacker Quarterly
Maggie came to Columbia by way of Charlotte, N.C., Ithaca, N.Y. and Los Angeles. Before writing for and copy editing NYRM, she worked on the sports desk of NASCAR’s paper of record, the Gaston Gazette. She hopes one day to start her own newspaper. Until then, she’d be happy to work on anyone else’s.
Wartime in the Glossies
Thomas is from London, England. Before beginning his masters in journalism, he obtained a B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University and Columbia Law School respectively and then practiced law in New York and London for three years. His career interests lie in the business side of media but remain malleable.
The Year in Magazines
Canadian-born and Ohio-bred, Laura is addicted to alliteration and snarky comments. In the past four years, she’s covered cops, courts, the military and municipal meetings at the AP, the suburban Chicago Northwest Herald and The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind. Her (not-so) secret ambition: to get paid to write about her life.
Highs of the Lows, ’05-’06
My Beef with Bridal Mags
Dikla worked first as an intern, then as the editorial assistant for Outdoor Photographer, PCPhoto and Digital Photo Pro for three years before coming to Columbia. Her career goal is to become a managing editor and do exactly what she’s done with NYRM: be involved in every aspect of the magazine.
NYRM Crossword Answer Key
Gay Talese’s Basement
Eleonore, a French, New York-based journalism student, enjoys photography, traveling and writing. She would love to spend her time doing all of that, while getting paid (and she promises she will not go on strike).
What Are They Reading?
Bruce Davidson on His Photos
Matt has a face for radio, and a voice for print. The only option left for him was writing. A Fulbright scholar with previous stints as activist, academic, welfare-engineer and spin doctor, Matt is now making a living as a jack-of-all-trades staff writer for his home-country magazine the New Zealand Listener.
Cricinfo.com Goes Glossy
The Price of Truth
After two disillusioning years working in psychiatric research, Bree decided it was time for a career change. She realized that journalism combined three of her passions—writing, research and adventure. She applied to Columbia and hasn’t looked back since. She particularly enjoys writing long reported pieces and editorials.
Radical Art Mag vs. the IRS
Nicole hopes to find a pretentious enough milieu where she can continue writing about media theory, machines and human interaction.
And the Award Goes to...
Why Magazines Won’t Die
Anika Myers Palm
Anika is an editor and reporter from Florida who came to graduate school at Columbia despite her disdain for northern winters. In the past, she’s covered economic development and elder issues for small newspapers you've never read. She dreams of the day when she can be publisher of a newspaper of her very own.
Overheard in the Industry
The Essence of Essence’s Success
After a few years of political organizing, Ari headed for the journalist's life. Since then he has covered everything from Tibetan refugees to labor activists for The American Prospect, In These Times, Tikkun, Z, Time Out, Punk Planet and many other publications.
Name That Partisan Rag
Greg Mitchell Goes to War
Wesley has a habit of throwing himself into the unfamiliar. Jamaican-born and bred, he received his B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied English. Wesley’s now transitioning to journalism after a couple of unfulfilled years in advertising and the legal field. He hopes to work for a lifestyle/general interest magazine.
ASME’s Best Covers Critiqued
The ASME Curse