By Carlos Serrano, editor-in-chief, Myriad
Big things are happening at SCAD Myriad. For those of you not in the know, Myriad is eLearning’s student dispatch. It’s not a straight newspaper like Savannah’s District or Atlanta’s Connector, it’s something different, something that stands out. Over the past academic year, we’ve worked to make Myriad a stronger online outlet of information and interesting articles for the eLearning community, and our hard work is paying off.
Of course, that hard work comes from many different people, not just us here at the eLearning office. Our current staff of writers works hard to deliver a constant stream of quality content that deals with a variety of different subjects. Thanks to them Myriad has articles on subjects such as technology, historic preservation related to music and advice on using eLearning resources to their full potential. That’s not even mentioning the field reports from a student currently interning at Disney.
Yes, although we may be a small group at the moment, we’re nothing if not spirited and focused.
What really sets Myriad apart, however, is a willingness to include members of the eLearning community in all capacities. Besides our main staff of writers, we welcome ideas from any and all students. Whether you’re a designer, writer, both or something else entirely, we’ll listen to your ideas and give you a place to express yourself.
Ultimately, that has been the secret to Myriad’s growth this past year. What started off as a small, slowly-updated website has steadily become more active and focused. Our early posts, while informative and well-written, focused almost entirely on entertainment. A popular subject, to be fair, but it wasn’t indicative of the true variety (or, myriad, if you will) of interests that SCAD students can have.
Thankfully, our push to recruit more writers worked. The new subjects that these new writers talk about, which I mentioned briefly before, offer a wider range of subjects that begin to paint a clearer picture of SCAD students.
But we’re not going to rest on our laurels. Myriad still has a lot of potential for growth, and we aim to take advantage of that potential with every opportunity we have available. In the coming year, we’ll be pushing for more artists and writers with varied interests. We want to open the door for SCAD’s talented art and design students to showcase their work and put it out there for people to see. In particular, we’ll focus on getting visual artists. There will be opportunities for everything from weekly comic strips to editorial cartoons and everything in between.
Of course, writing will still play a major part in Myriad’s focus, but with a concentrated recruitment drive for artists, we’ll be able to explore new avenues of expression that will allow for a more open and inclusive forum for eLearning students. That, in essence, is Myriad’s ultimate goal. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.
If you’d like to become a regular contributor to Myriad, send an email to email@example.com. We’ll help you think of ideas if you’re unsure, but if you already have some, feel free to let us know.