UTArlington Magazine is almost ready for publication

UTArlington Magazine is almost ready for publication

Jessica Stroup
Staff Writer

The next issue of the UTArlington Magazine will be sent alumni in early April. Photo courtesy of uta.edu/trailblazer.

Editors and designers are hard at work to reach the deadline in time for the publication of the next issue of the UTArlington Magazine.

The office of University Publications is preparing for its next edition of the UTArlington Magazine that will be sent to all alumni of the university in early April. The office staff publishes the magazine three times a year, and sends a free copy to all graduates of the University of Texas at Arlington.

The magazine is carefully put together by the staff and by Mark Permenter, Executive Director of University Publications, to include stories about university news and current research.

“Each issue has four feature stories, 1500 words each,” Permenter said.

The stories often include research by UTA faculty, trends and issues that are tied to the university and alumni stories, and a historical feature. Permenter leads a staff of editors, freelance writers, designers and photographers who put together each issue of the magazine. John Dycus, the main copy editor for the magazine, enjoys working with Permenter to create the magazine.

“Mark’s magazine is a real nice blend of everything you want in a magazine,” said Dycus. “Mark is a great editor.”

Dycus has been working for the university for more than 15 years. Each issue of the magazine goes to Dycus for editing after a first round of editing by Permenter. Dycus said the magazine is one of the cleanest bodies of work he has ever seen.

The magazine goes through a four-month process before being published. Each issue goes through extensive planning, writing, researching and designing. Assistant Art Director Brody Price said the process is an interesting one.

Price works with Permenter and the other editors from the beginning planning stages of each issue to create a design based off the stories told. His team of photographers, freelance illustrators and media crew work to bring each story to life through a combination of illustrations and photographs.

Price and his team follow the development of each story to decide which type of design to implement. This means frequently interviewing faculty about their research.

“That is an interesting part of my job, getting to talk to professors and see what they are working on,” Price said.

His job is often deciding how to properly illustrate the story to make it come to life for the reader, and then create a layout to send back to editing. After Price completes the design, it is edited once more before being sent to the printers.

For Permenter and his team, this means the end of four months work and the beginning of another issue.

The next issue should reach readers by early April. The issue will feature research on the connection between Downtown Arlington and the UTA campus, as well as current research on national security being conducted at the university.

  • Executive Director of University Publications Mark Permenter
  • 817-272-5363
  • permenter.uta.edu
  • Main Copy Editor John Dycus
  • 817-272-2138
  • john@xdycus.com
  • Art Director for UTA Magazine Brody Price
  • brody.price@uta.edu

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