Not quite inspired by, but simply continuing with my own 21C Lit Mag meme with an eye on the prize:
Yes, I'm looking for tangibles as the land of high school lit mags question(s) come(s) a-knockin' on my professional door in the coming weeks. Tangibles such as:
- Content, content, content?
- Formatting and layout details ?
- Submission requirements?
- Graphic design sensibilities?
- What percentage of 'English class' content should populate the mag?
- Cost of the end-of-year print run?
- What sort of mentoring/governance structure should be considered?
- How to turn it into a class one day from its 'club' roots?
- Name of the mag (if the students elect to really re-brand)?
- How often we should meet as a 'team'. And what we do each meeting?
- What my sales pitch/elevator speech is to the kids early on to get'em interested?
But I also want it to be slap-thigh, kid-giggle, oh-my fun. Engaging to a fault. Causing eyes to be raise, minds to be provoked. Viral by default. Shift the entire definition of a high school literary magazine without losing the quality of great writing and artistry. Give the kids something to be unabashedly proud of 5 or 10 or 50 years ago when they look back on the product(s) and the experience itself. And be utterly transformative for both audience and creators alike.
In other words, in my perfect blank-slate world, I'd love for the kids and I to create a 21C Lit Mag that has the same impact on the creators/producers/team of this OK Go synchronized treadmill video and the audience who can't help but be a bit mesmerized. [Note: learn about OK Go, you soon to be OK Go band fans...oh, and thanks to Lucy Gray for pointing out the video via a Twitter update today!]
You see what I mean? You laughing? Catch the concept? Yeah?
So, tell me what such a 21C Lit Mag looks like. And I'll be one happy faculty advisor!