From the Editors
We’re excited to introduce the reimagined Washington Square: The Magazine — and introduce ourselves to you! We are your new co-editors, Tiffany Harbrecht and Kenneth Mashinchi.
There have been quite a few changes to the magazine since we last printed in 2019, so we thought we’d take you through the new features.
Why did a few years elapse before a new print issue was produced?
TH: The onset of the pandemic put our print production of WSQ and, let’s face it — life — on hiatus. This also gave us the extraordinary opportunity to revisit the magazine with fresh eyes and determine how best to share SJSU’s stories moving forward. In December, we first relaunched WSQ onto a new online platform. Then, our team came together to redesign the look and feel of the print version.
Both of these endeavors took time, but it was time we think was well invested in bringing SJSU’s stories back to you.
Why did you decide to change the layout? What happened to regular content such as class notes?
KM: We have transitioned Washington Square to serve as a university and alumni magazine, focusing on telling the best stories that embody the Spartan pride and resilience we all treasure. The world has become more digital and social — making it easier to know who has moved on to different opportunities. We want to pack in as much content as possible that resonates with our Spartan community and beyond.
What’s different about the digital version of WSQ?
TH: Our new online WSQ features digital-exclusive stories alongside and in between print issues. Each page is its own content experience, with engaging imagery that immerses you immediately in the stories. It’s also much simpler to navigate than our previous WSQ blog and is easy to read on mobile devices.
How often will you publish the digital and print versions of the magazine?
KM: Our print version will be published once a year, and our digital version will be available twice a year.
Have feedback for us?
TH/KM: We would love to hear from you. Complete our feedback form and let us know what you think. We hope you enjoy reading both versions as much as we did creating them!
— Tiffany Harbrecht and Kenneth Mashinchi
P.S.: A special thanks to our colleagues in University Advancement; Lisa Millora; Michael Crawford; Christine Hutchins; and all of our faculty, students, alumni and new friends who contributed to and participated in our stories. Top photo: Robert C. Bain.
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