"The Cost of Being an Independent Magazine" by Noelle S. Dahl
Developing Flux Magazine as an entirely independent magazine company was a conscious yet grueling decision. With the potential of making or breaking our vision for Flux, we determined that independence, ultimately, would enable our writers to retain freedom within their topics without the fear of repercussions from their universities.
You see, students are bound to have criticisms about their college experience. None of us graduate regarding our educations as faultless or that our professors remained unbiased throughout every lecture. Higher education has flaws. Students have different political ideologies. The majority of professors instruct with skewed perspectives. Because of these reasons, Flux offers a promising platform to discuss these issues and apply our right to freedom of speech off of a college campus.
As Flux Magazine is fairly new and recently developed, we are honored to be making such a prominent name for ourself yet this has not come with ease. Flux Magazine is composed of over fifty students and faculty writers who are passionate about our cause. We receive several submissions and inquires daily from individuals who’d like to contribute to our publication—so many that we often are booked for spots in our issues a week before release. There has been a tremendous amount of positive feedback from students, faculty, and readers though as we are not associated directly with a university, we are also not funded by one.
We are solely paperless which virtually means expenses are low but hosting events, maintaining our website, and marketing our company is a different story. Flux is not consistently funded. We do receive private donations though do not rely on a university or corporation to grant us a yearly budget. Moreover, marketing and spreading awareness about Flux Magazine is wholly in our hands. As readers adore our mission and promote it, we obtain our following and staff through word of mouth and social media. We stand out because we accept contrasting viewpoints.
The beauty of being separate from a university is that we are utilizing our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Our content is a cluster of diverse perspectives, positions, and backgrounds and as we approve each section’s bi-monthly publications, not everyone will be enthusiastic about what is being discussed.
We welcome students who choose to write about their experiences in college, but this honesty takes a colossal amount of courage in the first place. I am astonished by the stand our writers take to have these discussions. The more we work with students, the more we see why our mission is so crucial. Regardless of funding or dissenting feedback, Flux Magazine will continue to prosper and publish. To our future writers of Flux, write about criticisms you may have for your campus. Have a controversial discussion that has been stripped away by your professor. Do this, but offer your solution along with it. And perhaps, Flux Magazine may be a model for political debate on college campuses.