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Broken Pencil Review

Hi everyone! Our stories are underway for the Spring 2008 issue. We have some great articles shaping up about why some women want to get their tubes tied at a young age (and what the medical community has to say about that), the story about a university-aged transwoman and her struggle with her campus community, her family and her culture, to a roundtable on being a feminist Muslim. Should be a stellar issue.

Also, Broken Pencil reviewed us in their BP 38 issue. It’s not online yet, so we took the liberty of transcribing it for our readers. We welcome, in fact, we love criticism – so here it is:

At first I felt a bit presumptuous reviewing a glossy with a fifteen-year history whose editors count magazines such as Bitch and Ms. as their main competition. McClung’s is certainly a beautiful product, with professional layouts, vibrant use of colour, and not an ad to be seen. However, the content itself makes me wonder if editors Lauren McKeon and Jennifer Fong are thinking of the same magazine I’m looking at. I found my enjoyment of many articles marred by mediocre writing and poor editing. Every cardinal sin of journalism is committed at least once, and the amount of mistakes that made it to print make the whole affair look like a school newspaper desperately trying to fool readers with its good looks. What makes this most heartbreaking is that Ryerson, the school that puts it out, has one of the most prestigious journalism programs in North America. If I can recognize its problems after taking one community college course in magazine writing, then someone isn’t doing their job. In the end, it’s worth a look, and can be enjoyed in spite of its flaws, but it’s a far cry from a professional magazine.

Reviewer: J. Blackmore

Thanks, Broken Pencil, for actually reading the fucking issue. Or for doing your research; if they had, they’d have learned that McClung’s is not an official School of Journalism production, and it’s as independent of Ryerson as the Student Union is.

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One thought on “Broken Pencil Review

  1. Does J. Blackmore actually read *anything* he reviews? (Or she?) Judging from his/her other work that I’ve seen, it’s hard to tell…

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