Senior Editor’s Note
By Cristina Jaramillo
This issue marks OUTLOUD’s seventh anniversary. That’s right, seventh! We’ve come a long way since our debut in the summer of 2000 and have learned quite a few lessons since. Best of all we’ve managed to create a credible newsgazine that entertains and informs an age group often overlooked by other media outlets.
OUTLOUD’s writers are also part of our audience, which is what not only sets us apart but is also at the core of who we are. Throughout the years, we’ve been able to connect with our audience by providing a newsgazine that they can genuinely call their own.
The fact that I’m sitting here typing this message serves as proof that our hard work has paid off. Today, OUTLOUD has a circulation of 25,000 strong. The newsgazine is distributed in over 100 high schools, colleges and universities in South Florida and has over 50 writer correspondents from a variety of schools. And as our website-unique coverage increases, so does the number of hits to our site. OUTLOUD has surpassed the 100,000 website viewers per month! This incredible accomplishment has been possible thanks to our amazing OUTLOUD readers, staff and writers who have spread the word of OUTLOUD’s web presence to their friends and peers. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since its inception, OUTLOUD’s purpose has been to give young aspiring writers an opportunity to develop their own voices as they fine tune their talents and perfect their craft. As such, OUTLOUD has also served as a platform for many writers to springboard their careers into the realms of journalism and communications. OUTLOUD has worked with an incredibly talented and passionate group of teens that have infused their energy and fervor for the written word into OUTLOUD. Their legacy is evident in each of our pages and is embedded in our identity.
These past seven years have truly been phenomenal! On behalf of all us from OUTLOUD we’d like to thank our readers, advertisers and distributing partners for their invaluable support.
But if you think you’ve seen the best of OUTLOUD, think again. OUTLOUD is work-in-progress project which takes you, our reader, along each step of the way. We’ve got great things in store, and with your feedback this upcoming year will be our greatest yet!