COME out with a good cover, a captivating layout and exciting feature articles. Combine all these and you have the ingredients for a hit magazine.
This was the advice given by Taylor’s School of Communications lecturer Natasha Mohd Hishamudin at a Mag Inc 2009 workshop held at Taylor’s University College in Subang Jaya on Thursday.
“First impressions are important,” Natasha said to more than 300 students and teachers who were there to get pointers on how to produce a good mini magazine for the Mag Inc contest.
“Good magazines have captivating elements. Also, a good feature will educate and entertain readers at the same time,” she added.
The theme for this year’s Pizza Hut and The Star Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) contest is ‘Teenage Angst’, and participants will have to come out with their own three-page magazine on issues concerning that. Students at the workshop were asked to come out with their own mini magazine layout within 20 minutes. Ideas were thrown around as they incorporated catchy headings and fancy artwork in their attempts.
The Star executive editor Leanne Goh praised the SMK Kota Kemuning students for using the heading, ‘Web of Addiction’, to depict Internet addiction, as well as their good artwork. Students from SMK Desa Perdana stood out for incorporating a comic strip and chat boxes in their mini magazine.
Pizza Hut Malaysia vice-president Lawrence Ding said the issue of teenage angst was relevant to students as it was part of growing up. He hoped the competition would be well received. Winners of the grand prize of Mag Inc (upper secondary category) will receive five pre-university scholarships from Taylor’s, worth RM100,000.
They will also enjoy a trip to Sibu Island Resort, Johor, accompanied by the grand prize winners from the primary school category.
The lower secondary grand prize winners will bag a trip to East Malaysia. The runner-up teams in each category will spend three days and two nights at Genting Resort.
Students can only register for Mag Inc through their schools. Templates for the competition will be available on April 1 and April 22.
For more information, check out StarEducation on Sunday. Thursday’s workshop, titled ‘Creating a great magazine,’ will be available for viewing on TheStarOnline.tv after March 10. Online registration for schools opens on April 1 and the deadline for submission of entries is on June 20.
Mag Inc is co-organised by The Star and Pizza Hut, in collaboration with the Education Ministry.