This page shows my editor work of a specific column called “ Practice” ，in the annual journal of School of Communication and Design, SYSU. This column consists of three stories, covering the topic of campus practice, social welfare and scholarly research, meeting the needs of readers with diversified backgrounds.
We used several criteria to evaluate the news value of the topics we chose:
“Daydreams Come True”
This cover report is about how the mascot of 90th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen University came into being. Two designers of the mascot, Ding and Lu, were our peer students familiar to us. Their design stories were actually full of twists and turns, which were amazed enough to catch our audience’s attention. Also, the topic suited the current festive atmosphere on campus during the 90th anniversary celebration.
Actually, at first we felt quite hesitate about the cover story of our column, and our first choice was actually to interview some distinguished alumni who are well-achieved in their own careers. But things did not go on as smoothly as we thought, since many people invited were too busy to take our interviews. So we almost got rejected directly.
After consulting the opinions of our teachers and students, we were surprised to find that our original idea was not as appealing as we believed. Finally, we reconsider our cover story and decided to switch the topic to mascot of 90th anniversary.
This is a story about the one charitable organization founded by us students called “Rice Beneficence”. This organization is aimed at gathering every little bit of individual kindness together, and to make a real difference to the society. Its practice showed us how our benevolence, however limited, can contribute to the well-being of people in need. We chose this topic to encourage our students to think about the possible influence they can make to social welfare.
“Memory of Longtang Village”
This is a story about the experience of one field research conducted on the minority group in Longtang Village, a rural mountainous village located in Eastern Guangdong. For a long period of time, the village, like thousands of country villages in China, have been faced with the serious shortage of labor, poor living conditions, and the increasingly significant mental problems of “left-behind” children. Different from the previous two stories, this story takes the form of reporter’s notes, providing a subjective angle to our audience with personal observations and thinking.