To write, draw, or edit for The Indicator, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Many of the inquiries we get are about how to get involved with The Indicator. Here's a rough overview of each step of our process for each magazine. If you'd like to be involved with any step in this process, please contact us!
The Production Cycle
The Indicator is published four times during the fall and spring semesters, which allows for a two-week production cycle. While issue lengths vary, the journal normally runs about 14 pages of commentary and arts review content, all of which are submitted by students, edited by our copy and layout staff, and illustrated by our student artists. We also run a one-page editorial and/or letter to the editors, as well as a three-page humor section, all created by our Editors-in-Chief and Features editors.
We begin our production cycle with a meeting to gather article ideas and begin compiling our list of planned articles. This meeting is held in the Council of Amherst Publications (CAP) office in the basement of Morrow. We encourage anyone and everyone to attend these meetings, as they are essential to the generation of Indicator content. Following these meetings, we will send out an email with article ideas that are still unclaimed, as well as post those topics online. We email out meeting times, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to receive these meeting notices.
Authors must submit a first draft of their articles by the due date provided. These drafts will be read and commented by one of our Editors and returned to the author. The author then has until three days later (if they submitted their draft on time) to make edits and submit a final draft.
Note that we have strict requirements for word length: 1,000 words for a one-page article, 2,000 words for a two-page article. It is very important to stick within 50 words of these limits for layout purposes.
Once we have a list of all promised article topics, our Arts Editor will assign illustrations to our contributing artists. Artists must submit their drawings to the folder hanging outside the CAP office (in the basement of Moore Dormitory) by given art deadline.
The first step in our production weekend is copy editing. We use an online system of editing and commenting to enhance communication and conserve paper. Each article is read by four different editors before moving to the next level of production. For information on the rules we follow while copyediting, ask for our style guide.
The next step in our production weekend is layout. Layout is the process in which we put the articles and their illustrations together in the format we use to print the magazine. We use Adobe InDesign and our student-created templates for this process. For information on the steps we take to lay out articles, ask for our layout guide.
Printing and Distribution
By Sunday night of our production weekend, all articles are laid out and the magazine has been reviewed by our Senior Editors, so we can send the book into Tiger Press for printing. Once printed, we distribute the magazines around campus on the Friday after production, and update the website accordingly.