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A letter from the director of Student Media, Spring 2021

Greetings Daily Beacon Alums,

Welcome to the first edition of the Daily Beacon Alumni Newsletter. We are making efforts to grow our alumni base and create greater engagement with our alums. Along with this semi-annual newsletter we will also be steadily posting Daily Beacon stories and photos from the past that should stir memories about the time you spent at the Daily Beacon. We will be posting historical issues and cover pages, yearbook photos, this day in 19?? and more.

If you graduated over five years ago, you might not recognize the Daily Beacon newsroom. It got a total makeover back in 2015. Also, there are a couple of new departments under the flagship of the Office of Student Media.

We now have the Lumos Media Services department. Lumos is the official commercial production unit for the Office of Student Media. Our team members are current undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. We strive to produce professional-grade video and still photography media that meets our customer’s needs and gives our team members critical skills for the working world.

Also, we have Honey magazine. Honey was founded in the spring of 2019 to become a print magazine, website, and digital brand. Honey Magazine is a female-led and operated digital-first brand that has strived to become a collective feminist voice for the UT campus and Knoxville community. Opportunities for students include leadership, writing, copy editing, digital design, page layout, event planning, and more.

The Phoenix literary magazine is still going strong after 62 years of publication. The Phoenix is published each semester during the regular school year. Its aims and purposes are:

· To encourage and maintain a rising level of literacy and artistic creativity at the university.

· To report and reflect trends pertinent to the cultural interests and relevant to the literary and artistic interests of the University community.

· To give voice to all schools of thought in literature and the arts in the campus community.

· To act in conjunction with the educational purposes of the university by maintaining and helping to maintain a rising level of intelligence, independent thinking, and cultural achievement.

· The editor is responsible for seeing that a proper balance is maintained in the literary and artistic content of the magazine with respect to prose, poetry, art, and the serious or humorous nature in which such material is presented.

All departments are still under student leadership, are still editorially independent and entirely written, produced and managed by students.

So, check in often as we will be posting new content weekly. Let us know when you worked at the Beacon and by all means, reconnect and engage with each other. If you know other Beacon alums that would enjoy connecting, please let them know about this page.

Thank you, Jerry Bush Director of Student Media The University of Tennessee, Knoxville