Grad student creates MJR’s first tablet edition

Montana Journalism Review, a UM J-School publication produced by students, will offer a tablet edition of the magazine for the first time.

Henriette Löwisch, UM J-School professor and editor-in-chief of MJR, has wanted to do a tablet edition since last year and this year it finally came together when Abbey Dufoe joined the MJR team.

Dufoe, MJR’s tablet producer and J-School graduate student, said creating the tablet version involved a lot of work but was really fun.

“I get to incorporate the print designs into a tablet experience, which is different from the print magazine,” Dufoe said. “Yes, there are similar threads and themes, but people read differently on iPads, so I get to experiment with colors, functionality and interactive buttons.”

The biggest challenge has been the backend, logistical work of getting an Apple developer’s license and getting the tablet edition into the Apple store, something she said wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Dean Larry Abramson and Peet McKinney, J-School director of information technology.

“If I didn't have them to lean on, the tablet version wouldn't be a reality,” she said. “There's just so much that has to be done and support from Peet and Larry has helped make it real.”

Aside from the design differences, the tablet will feature scrolling text, extra images and embedded videos. The content will be the same, just enhanced for a digital experience.

“Having a tangible digital version of MJR helps propel us into the digital age, and I'm happy to be able to start that here at the University,” Dufoe said.

- posted on 02/09/15 -