Class publishes new home and garden magazine in Oglethorpe Echo

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The full Home Grown magazine team, including Lori Johnston.
The comprehensive Home Developed magazine group gathered to celebrate the publication’s release on Thursday, Dec. 8. (Photo: Jackson Schroeder)

Those who picked up the Dec. 8 edition of The Oglethorpe Echo newspaper identified a new magazine, Dwelling Grown, slipped in between the paper’s webpages. 

Dwelling Grown, which is also obtainable on the net, is a merchandise of Journalism teacher Lori Johnston’s Residence and Backyard Reporting class. It was made probable many thanks to a stipend from the UGA Libraries and the Middle for Educating and Learning’s Special Collections Libraries Fellows plan, developed to convey archives-centered discovering into classrooms.

“As I regarded as how to finest use the funding from the application, our College’s effort and hard work to help save this virtually 150-12 months-outdated weekly newspaper led me down the road to Oglethorpe County and the idea for a particular print and digital publication,” Johnston wrote in her editor’s be aware on the magazine’s first entire web site. 

Grady College and The Echo entered into a partnership in Oct 2021, and journalism learners have served as the paper’s creating staff for the earlier 13 months.

The semester-prolonged task for the Household and Garden Reporting course began in the archives of UGA’s Specific Collections Libraries, where by pupils pulled archival supplies, these as maps and archived photographs of houses in Oglethorpe County, to produce a elementary knowing of the county’s record and aesthetic. 

They furthered their knowledge of the area’s culture, as very well as its architecture and style types, by interviewing people, artists, preservationists and gardeners in the county about their properties, gardens and creative passions. 

A quote card that reads “Being a part of this course and contributing to the Home Grown magazine has been a challenging and rewarding experience,” said journalism major Ashley Balsavias. “It’s great to have a final product to show as a testament to our diligent work for the past few months.”The 16-site journal features profiles, how-tos and other stories depicting how citizens of Oglethorpe County categorical on their own by way of their properties and gardens. They produced stories, photographs and films for the publication, which was built by Amy Scott (AB ’20).

“Being a element of this system and contributing to the Residence Developed magazine has been a complicated and worthwhile expertise,” stated journalism important Ashley Balsavias. “It’s terrific to have a last product to present as a testament to our diligent do the job for the past several months.”

For a single university student, journalism significant Christa Bugg, the venture hit shut to residence. While sifting by the library archives, Bugg observed a photograph from 1978 with a caption studying “Bugg House cr. 1710-20.” The single-bedroom cabin, which sits on 150 acres of land hugging the Oconee National Forest, occurred to continue to be in the spouse and children, and Bugg, soon after calling up a relative, experienced the prospect to tour it. On site 14 of House Developed magazine, Bugg tells the full story. 

Print editions of Property Developed magazine can be ordered in Oglethorpe County at Bell’s Meals Shop, Golden Pantry places or the Echo business in Lexington. 

Day: December 12, 2022
Author:  Jackson Schroeder,  [email protected]

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