Loyola Marymount University’s ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL has new managing editors.  Sabrina Verduzco ’17 and Savannah Nunez ’18 will remain in charge of the editorial and visual content of this site, which has been continually published since November 11, 2011, until this time next summer. They succeed graduating seniors Mary Grace Costa and Kelcey Lorenzo.  In addition, Peyton Cross ’17 becomes Web Editor of AMI, which key position includes leading the charge in our burgeoning Podcast and Video efforts.

“These three young adults – Peyton, Savannah and Sabrina – are something special,” said AMI Founder and Editor-in-Chief Tom Plate, who is a full-time clinical professor in the Asia and Asian-American Studies department (AAAS). “They bring commitment, enthusiasm and a bit of deering-do to the site.  My job is simple: to maximize the editorial and creative space in which they can work, while keeping direct supervision to a minimum – and overbearing supervision to zero.”

All three of these over-achieving young adults have been members of the AMI staff since their sophomore years.  They were chosen in conjunction with input from Costa and Lorenzo, the outgoing MEs. “These two ladies gave us a quiet dedication and a sense of direction almost shrouded by huge personal humility,”  This summer, the two are hop-scotching around Asia, starting with Japan and moving onto South Korea.

AMI is the only undergraduate site devoted entirely to Asia and America in the U.S. Its two-dozen staff consists of present or former students who meet throughout the year (weekly during Fall and Spring semesters; biweekly in summer). Many are political sciences majors, some AAAS majors, and occasionally journalism or English majors. Some students receive credit for their involvement, but may simply volunteer their time and commitment. AMI’s graduates tend to go on to jobs in cyber-publishing; others stop off for a few years for further education in law school or graduate school.

Bellarmine College Los Angeles – the liberal arts division of LMU – regards Asia Media as a core element of its program, according to BCLA Dean Robbin Crabtree, and views its staffers as among the brightest and the best anywhere.

The secondary goal is to provide a striking and informative  perspective from the university for the Asia-concerned  on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.  LMU students hail from all corners of the U.S., but also from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China and elsewhere in Asia. This site was originally founded by Prof. Plate at UCLA, where he taught for 15 years; but traveled with him when he began his teaching at LMU in 2011.

The primary goal is to provide a level of professional instruction in a ‘laboratory context’ in the area of writing on media and political issues for public viewing. All articles are edited by student peers, then top-edited (if and as needed) by Adjunct Prof. Benjamin Sullivan, our superb executive senior editor, and by Prof. Plate.

The secondary goal is to provide a striking and informative  perspective from the university for the Asia-concerned  on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.  LMU students hail from all corners of the U.S., but also from Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China and elsewhere in Asia. This site was originally founded by Prof. Plate at UCLA, where he taught for 15 years; but traveled with him when he began his teaching at LMU in 2011.

 

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