By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Staff writers
// What started as a mere vision in the minds of the Editors-in-Chief of Blueprint to create a revamped publication has blossomed into a reality. Moving from a black and white tabloid to a magazine filled with color, Blueprint is evolving.
After Advisor Natalie Moore and Editors-in-Chiefs Nelson Rogers, Zoe Cate, and Charlotte Glass presented their vision at a Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) board meeting this Wednesday, LPIE generously granted Blueprint $17 thousand to fund its new magazine issue style.
LPIE Acalanes Co-Chair, Laura-Kate Rurka, said that LPIE was impressed with the ambition of the students who collaborated to create the magazine product.
“The board was really excited about the student-led initiative to upgrade the format of Blueprint and the fact that they spent their own time over the summer getting together and really coming up with a business plan. We really wanted to be able to support that financially,” Rurka said.
The idea of converting the Blueprint print product into a magazine has been sitting in the minds of the student editors since this past summer. After having created and printed a physical prototype in August, it was apparent that Blueprint was fully capable of the transition.
The first step was to acquire an Acalanes Parent Club (APC) grant to be able to cover the costs of at least one issue. Unlike previous Blueprint issues that cost between $1,500 to $2 thousand to print per issue, the new magazine will cost around $3 thousand to print. With the grant, Blueprint is still able to produce the same quantity of print copies as it previously produced when it was entirely self-funded.
“If we’re really going to invest another $1 thousand into Blueprint, we want to be able to actually see some genuine improvement in what we do in improving the quality of the paper,” Rogers said.
The grant from LPIE has the potential to foster Blueprint’s growth not only as a student newspaper but as an established publication.
“Being able to produce a magazine is incredible compared to what we’ve done. This really takes it to the next level and gives us a lot of graphical freedom and really lets us make a product that has its place in 21st-century journalism,” Rogers said.
Acalanes Principal, Travis Bell, praised the determination of the students who formulated the idea of the magazine as well as the dedication and time required to make it happen.
“It’s done in a way that’s really mindful and respectful of upholding those ethical standards in journalism practice. Not to mention a high caliber, high-quality product, and constantly not just being satisfied with being nationally recognized, but being like ‘how can we make it even better?’” Bell said.
The students who brought their idea to life not only improved the quality of Blueprint for future generations but embodied what a Don truly is.
“I think being a Don is a lot of things, but it’s definitely something about taking pride in the work that you’re doing, and if you’re putting your name on something, you should be proud of what you’re attaching your name to,” Bell said.