About Us

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The Contemporary is a public affairs publication and website that unifies the voices of undergraduate thought leaders. During our first year in college, we noticed a gap in publications at Trinity and other campuses. While many universities publish newspapers and journals, very few have united the best content from across the country. Our goal is to foster political engagement among millennials and create a sustainable media infrastructure to support it. We hope to empower collegiate journalists to report on the intersection between important local and national issues near and on campus.

We’re paying student journalists to investigate the most pressing issues of our time. Pitch a story.

To implement our vision, we have competed for, and won $5,000 in venture funding from the Stumberg Entrepreneurship competition. Our 10-person team has collaborated with over 20 universities and publications to present unique insights to readers. Additionally, we have secured support from our board members who are leaders in journalism, web development, and law.

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We have organized an event at San Antonio’s Pearl Stable that featured a distinguished panel on millennial civic engagement. During May 2017, we coordinated a campaign with Trinity University’s Alumni Relations and Development office that raised $5,000 which The Contemporary will use to expand and cultivate exceptional content. During the 2016 presidential election, we planned campus-wide debate watch parties moderated a live-streamed panel on election night with campus political leaders.

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We publish outstanding journalistic pieces that are well reported, creative, and concise. We seek writers with interests in a variety of public affairs topics to pitch their story ideas to our editorial team. The ideal article combines strong reporting on a local issue that may also be important on the national level. Although it should be timely, the story should also have a perspective focused on broader themes and trends. Such articles can take many forms; our editorial team is open to any and all ideas submitted by student journalists. However, we are most interested in creative journalistic reports or opinion pieces that break news.

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During Spring 2018, we are implementing a campaign to pay outstanding student journalists to report on the most pressing issues in their communities. If you are interested in pitching a story to us, please visit this page on our website. 

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