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Now you can comment on Columns stories

Jake Locker graces the cover of the September issue of Columns

One of the things that makes a magazine so special, I think, is that you never see the sausage being made. The magazine arrives in your box all plump, glossy, tantalizing. Inside, it’s full of evocative images, pretty pictures, interesting stories. And never do you, dear reader, see what goes on behind the scenes.

For us editors, that’s the goal. As exciting as the moments of failed lighting on photo shoots and writers exasperated by our demands for yet one more revision may be, they add little to the actual story. We want you to see a great magazine. Never mind what it took us to get there.

Usually, I don’t share the inside scoop; don’t reveal the man behind the curtain, but I’ll tell you this: The September issue of Columns didn’t come without some excitement, and one serious Hail Mary pass, this month in the form of a cover shoot. Our photo of Jake Locker was shot in about 20 minutes (we often take an hour or more for a portrait like this) on a hot, August evening when the quarterback made time for us between practice and dinner, before he headed back to the field again. (Good practice for our Heisman hopeful, as we’re sure Jake is going to have to get used to the media hounding him during work.)

That’s just a hint at the great things that happened behind the scenes on Columns recently. The fall issue is out now and, I believe, full of some fantastic stories. I hope you enjoy learning about everything from what makes Locker tick to what life is like as a Buddhist monk.

A lot of new and exciting things are happening at Columns—this editors blog being one of them—and we’ll share more with you in the weeks to come. Until then, please check out the fall issue of Columns. And, let us know what you think: as of this issue, you can now comment on any of our stories.

Julie H. Case

Managing Editor of Content

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2 Responses to “Now you can comment on Columns stories”

  1. My Millionaire Mentor 2011 wrote:
    January 24, 2011

    Awesome! I have to say that I love reading the Columns and you guys have done a great job! Keep it up!

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      February 14, 2011

      Thanks for the kudos! Columns has been a UW institution for many generations, but even then it’s undergone some massive overhauls the past few years. We’re proud of all the work we’ve done, and the compliments we hear from alumni and readers makes us want to keep going. The magazine’s website recently won a CASE award for higher ed publications, and we’re just getting started with the digital stuff. Stay tuned for more great things!

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