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Orange Magazine

A Brief History

The idea for a possible campus magazine, produced by the School of Journalism, began in the late 1990s in Dave Garlock's Magazine Management class. Orange magazine was launched in 2000 as a "magazine by students, for students," the first editor noted in her published comments in that issue.

Orange Magazine

That initial mission statement still remains the core focus of the magazine, although some of the early details have been fine-tuned over the years. The Spring 2010 issue was the 13th one produced. The Spring 2009 issue also is available online.

The goal has always been for students in Magazine Management to be able to practice the skills they are learning in class --- editorial, advertising, circulation, art, production, finances --- on an actual magazine.

Download the newest issue of  Orange Magazine - The Fall 2011 Issue.


Much of the work of producing Orange is "mainly" done in the Fall Magazine Management classes, including naming an editor and key personnel. Additional work is also done in Magazine Production, Visual Design and other classes, during both semesters.

A four-color, 48-page magazine, Orange is published twice a year by magazine students working under the guidance of faculty members. The magazine has finished first (2007) and second (2008) for General Excellence (Single Issue, Ongoing Magazine) in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication national magazine contests. The magazine is primarily produced in Magazine Management classes (J-347), although other students also work on each issue. Stories are usually produced in School of Journalism writing classes. Professors Dave Garlock and Dennis Darling advise the students with each issue. For more information, please contact Dave Garlock, the magazine sequence head at (512) 471-1757 or Dennis Darling at (512) 471-1973.


Magazine content mostly comes from the school's magazine writing courses --- Feature Writing (J327), Advanced Feature Writing (J374D), Writing for Magazines and Specialty Publications (J349T). Some material comes from other journalism classes and students at UT.

Although the editors and faculty advisers make the final decisions on what runs in the magazine, story ideas are welcomed and can be discussed with any magazine faculty member (Dave Garlock, Gene Burd, Dennis Darling, Diana Dawson, Nick Lasorsa, Mark Morrison).

Design, Art and Photo

Are overseen by Dennis Darling's photojournalism and visual design classes as well as the teaching assistants for these courses.

Getting involved

Freshmen and sophomores interested in joining the Upper Division Journalism magazine sequence are urged to first try and write for The Daily Texan. It is highly recommended future magazine majors join MAG (the Magazine Club) as freshmen and attend social meetings (the display box for MAG is found on the 6th floor of the College of Communication). Early opportunities to get involved in burntORANGE will flow through MAG.


Comes from the University Co-op (the main sponsor), Communication Council, Career Services, School of Journalism and limited advertising and sponsorship.

Learn more about getting involved with campus media.