Soul of Athens is an annual multimedia project, run by students in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. Each year the content and the experience are different – this year the VisCom students are joined by students from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Media Arts and Studies. As a team, they create a publishing organization from scratch and must cope with organizing the leadership, workflow, concepts, and editing processes of creating a publication.

Each year presents new challenges and fresh opportunities. While faculty support the project, the concept and execution are completely in the hands of the students, a process which is amazing to watch. Design students engage with the decision process of stories, and content-creating students work with the design team to develop an understanding of both the potential and limitations of coding and presentation.

While the team has 14 weeks to pull off the project, they are each carrying a full academic load with the responsibilities of four other classes as well. In addition, many also work part-time. In effect, the group of students produces all the stories, edit, design, and code the web presentation as well as a supplementary magazine, all while juggling intense and time-consuming schedules, a skill highly valued in the professional field.

The experience of working on the Soul of Athens project has helped previous students. Alumni include Zack Wise, Chad Stevens, Eric Mayville, Sonya Hebert, Jennifer Diamond, Sharea Terrell, Victor Blue, and Brad Vest. We hope you explore and enjoy this year’s edition, and invite you to visit past years’ projects as well.