University-based magazines take notice: The Johns
Hopkins Publishing Group is open for
The new group, which draws on staff from the
award-winning Johns Hopkins
Magazine and the
university's Alumni Magazine Consortium, will provide
consulting, editorial and design services for the
growing number of university and alumni publications at
Johns Hopkins and elsewhere.
Specifically, the group can assist in magazine
redesigns, create templates for new publications
or aid in the acquisition of writers, photographers and
graphic artists. The group can provide anything
from a one-time consultation to long-term editorial
The Johns Hopkins Publishing Group, which is part of
the Office of Government, Community and
Public Affairs, already provides some services to the
alumni magazines of the schools of Arts and
Sciences and Nursing through the Alumni Magazine
Consortium, and is looking for other opportunities
to assist with divisions' communications needs, said Linda
Robertson, vice president for government,
community and public affairs.
"Our mission is simple: excellence," Robertson said.
"Excellence in our own magazines and in the
others to which we contribute editorial, design and
production expertise. Excellence, also, in telling
the story of Johns Hopkins to alumni and other friends of
Johns Hopkins Magazine — founded in 1950
by Corbin Gwaltney, who went on to found The
Chronicle of Higher Education — consistently wins
individual and staff editorial honors and has been the
recipient of the Robert Sibley Award more often than any
other magazine. Given by the Council for
the Advancement and Support of Education, the Sibley is the
highest commendation in university
Johns Hopkins launched the Alumni Magazine Consortium
in 1981 as a nonprofit service to share
the Johns Hopkins Magazine's expertise with other colleges
and universities. Since then, the AMC has
grown to partner as well with other nonprofits and within
Johns Hopkins. Specifically, AMC works with
such publications as Arts and Sciences Magazine, Johns
Hopkins Nursing Magazine and Villanova
Magazine. Donna Shoemaker, who has guided the AMC since
1986, will continue to serve its clients and
will play a major role in the new venture.
Catherine Pierre, editor of the Johns Hopkins
Magazine, has been named director of the JH
Publishing Group. Pierre said that with her own publication
she strives to produce an engaging,
thoughtful and eye-catching magazine that people will not
only read cover to cover, but start reading
as soon as they pull out of the mailbox.
"Johns Hopkins Magazine strives to be both
substantive and a really good read," Pierre said.
"We see it as our mission to maintain an intellectual and
emotional engagement with our readers.
That's the standard we set for ourselves, and it should be
a standard for this industry. If we can help
others do that, then that's good for everybody."
For more information, contact the Johns Hopkins
Publishing Group at 443-287-9900.