Introducing the Stack Student Union

by Steve Watson in June 2014
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It’s been a couple of months now since I started working full-time on Stack, but aside from a busier blog (I’m aiming for a post a day and *almost* managing it) you probably won’t have seen much of a difference in the service Stack provides.

But that all changes this month, with the start of the Stack Student Union, an initiative intended to inspire Britain’s brightest new magazine makers.

We’re launching with 12 partner organisations encompassing some of the best journalism, design and communications courses across the country, with each one receiving a free Stack subscription for the lecturers / course leaders to distribute amongst their students.

We’re also creating a Google+ community, where students from different colleges and universities can come together and learn from one another, and from some of the world’s best magazine makers. The community will be at the heart of the Student Union and as such it will be largely up to the students themselves to determine what happens there, but for starters we’re going to hold regular hangouts with editors and art directors so that the students can get real face-to-face time with the people making today’s most exciting magazines.

I spend a fair amount of time travelling around to speak to students on magazine-related courses, so I’ve seen first-hand the enthusiasm and talent that’s out there and I’d love to think that Stack could help to shape and develop the work that’s already being done in colleges and universities around the country.

If you’re a student, lecturer or course leader and you’d like to sign up as part of the Student Union, drop me a line. The next couple of months are going to be a bedding in time while we figure out how to make it all work (I’ve never run a Google+ community before, and I’ve never been part of a hangout that didn’t have its technical challenges) but the aim is to be fully up and running in time for the new academic year and a new influx of potential magazine makers.

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