By Ren LaForme
If the past is any indication, running Generation Magazine is going to be a wary venture.
Last spring, publisher Sub-Board I, Inc. chose to suspend Generation’s editorial charter so that they could hire the next editor in chief, rather than letting the magazine hold its own election for the position.
Officials said that some of the magazine’s content was to blame.
“There has been content that can be seen as offensive and discriminatory. We’re not comfortable publishing that kind of content,” said Robert Pape, former SBI vice president, in an interview with The Spectrum.
SBI selected Joshua Boston to be the magazine’s new EIC for the 2009-2010 academic year but pulled the charter yet again after just one issue, citing possible fraud in the hiring process.
The magazine sat idle for the fall semester while SBI’s executive committee tried to figure out what to do with it all.
The company began accepting applications in the fall, and after two interviews and an entire weekend spent making a mock-up of my vision for the magazine, they selected me out of a pool of eight candidates on Nov. 19.
Forgive the cliché, but I’m out of the frying pan and into the fire.
I have to find a way to put out a magazine that students and SBI are going to be happy with. It seemed that a majority of students hated Boston’s version of Generation – he took out the popular personals and “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” sections of the magazine and changed the look entirely. SBI wasn’t fond of it either.
“We … felt that there was a lot to be desired from [Boston],” said SA President and SBI Board of Directors member Ernesto Alvarado, in an interview with The Spectrum.
Between walking the tightrope between students and SBI, I have to find an entire staff in the next two weeks (I’ve gotten decent results so far just by using Facebook and the Web), maximize the limited budget that’s available to me and figure out if I’m going to be able to offer course credit to Generation contributing writers.
But it’s going to be worth it. Generation won’t look like it did in the past. It won’t have the same content. But like all other publications across the country are learning, it’s do or die time.
Generation Magazine will be back as a stronger, smarter version of the student voice on UB’s campuses next semester.