Lessons in Generative Design, Publishing, and Circulation: What EM-Journal's First Year Has Taught Us
Presenters: Jana Rosinski, Chelsea Lonsdale, Becky Morrison, Derek Mueller, Adam Nannini
School Affiliation: Eastern Michigan University
This PraxisWiki entry began as a digital-pedagogy poster session presented at the 2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication. It includes the editorial team's reflections on developing EM—Journal, an undergraduate, writing-studies journal at Eastern Michigan University. From devising solutions to low-cost publishing, to creating infrastructure, to its impact on our teaching and learning, the editorial team narrates their experiences with this new publishing venue. The QR codes throughout were featured on the poster during the interactive gallery. By scanning a code with a mobile device, the audience could listen to the audio clip hosted at each link. In this webtext, click on the links below the QR codes to hear longer, aural versions (with transcripts) of the written excerpts presented here.
- EM—Journal offers writers a supportive, personalized experience with refereed publishing processes.
- EM—Journal places student-authored texts into public, search engine-indexed circulation while representing the interrelationship among different units within the writing program.
- EM—Journal selectively showcases for all interested constituencies and audiences the writing produced throughout the FYW and WAC programs, the Written Communication major, and the Writing minor.
- EM—Journal provides an archive of writing understood to be public, and, as such, available for reference in other courses and related instructional contexts.
- EM—Journal complements ongoing, program-wide assessment efforts insofar as it may aid faculty in articulating program priorities, strengths, and values.
- Over time, EM—Journal may be incorporated more fully into the Written Communication curriculum in additional ways, such as to discuss/frame/study technical infrastructure or editing processes, to redesign interfaces (e.g., students develop new layouts periodically), or to expand it as a venue for student-designed promotions of courses, student groups, campus activities, or for displaying local Public Service Announcements (PSAs) or advertisements.
1.1 Elements: Pop culture parodies of The Elements of Style.
1.2 Multigenre: Studies of genre as invention heuristic in academic writing.
1.3 Women and Gender in Writing: Artifacts and representations of women and gender.
1.4 International Economics: Investigations of international trade relations.
While most of our hits have been from Eastern Michigan University and the surrounding area, the journal has found a number of global readers as well.
Would a regional print journal that features student work have audiences in Iran, the Philippines, Algeria, South Africa, or Madagascar?
Low Road Publishing - Jana Rosinski
Design - Adam Nannini
Horizontal Scholarship - Chelsea Lonsdale
Continuations - Becky Morrison
Extracurriculum - Derek Mueller
The phrase "the envy of hyphens everywhere" riffs on the em-dash-inspired name of the journal. The phrase appeared on one of the posters featuring the octopus with tear-tab legs and was one of the off-beat phrases we experimented with to draw attention to the journal's promotional, tear-tab flyers, which said, "Do you want this octopus to have fewer legs?" The octopus meme has been successful for grabbing the attention of passersby. It's also been fun to see progression of tentacle removal as the academic year has progressed.