Kean University has partnered with an online women's magazine for co-eds, that gives students a national platform to write articles related to college life.
Called Her Campus, the site, which is partnered with Seventeen Magazine and The Huffington Post, offers college women information and advice on topics such as style, health and career.
In April, Kean launched its own branch on the site with local stories of interest to Kean women—and Kean guys too, says Stephanie Musat, the Kean student running the branch.
Musat, a senior Communication major, launched the site as part of an Independent Study project in the Communication Department. She said it includes multiple topics that the typical college female would indulge themselves in, whether they are fashion trends, fitness tips, or checking out photographs of Kean's "campus cuties."
The idea for a Kean branch of hercampus.com came after Pat Winters Lauro, assistant professor of journalism and Tower adviser, read an article about the company that was started by two Harvard students. Lauro said many of her students are interested in writing for women's magazines and thought it would be a great, yet inexpensive, way for students to get experience and publishing exposure. She also plans to use the site in her Feature Writing course in the fall.
She asked Musat, who currently serves as The Tower's online editor, to develop and launch the site because of her strong online skills, as well as her writing and editing abilities.
As the "Campus Correspondent," Musat is responsible for coming up with story ideas, updating all of the sites sections on a weekly basis, writing articles and editing all content. Hercampus currently has 140 colleges on its website, each with their own
Campus Correspondent, like Musat, to keep up with the latest events on each of their campuses.
A goal of Musat's is to become one of the top 10 branches on the site, and to be acknowlegded by the national editors of the magazine. The Kean branch was just 100 hits away from making the top 10 list and Musat strives to eventually make it there.
"I think it's a fun site for college women to look through and a lot of their articles are things that we deal with on a daily
basis. It's nice to have a site that is completely devoted to us," said contributing writer and Editor in Chief of the Tower, Megan Muller.
Samantha Feller, another Kean contributor who has written short stories and polls for the online magazine. The site hosts articles that offer trendy suggestions to students on a budget, such as, "Getting a Tan on a Collegiate's Budget."
Musat is interested in providing the website with more in depth stories in the future, to give the Kean branch a broader perspective. She is currently writing a story about a girl who wears headscarves, or hijabs, to add a lifestyle article to the site.
With each college on the site having its own unique articles, Musat said anyone from campus can contribute for fun or for a chance to be published in a national magazine. And this does not exclude guys.
"The most popular articles on the site are those written by boys that give advice to girls. Those are like gold," said Musat.
But they better hurry. Musat's independent study ends this semester, and another person will fill Musat's spot in the
fall. Lauro said she is currently searching for a replacement.