Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Magazine in the Spotlight; Publication's Goal: Keep Arts Alive in School

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Magazine in the Spotlight; Publication's Goal: Keep Arts Alive in School

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Zach Zeringue, a seventh-grader at LaVilla School of the Arts, is a musician. But instead of starting a band, over school lunch he convinced his friends to help him start an arts and entertainment magazine.

Heeding his dad's advice, Zach decided the way to the top in the entertainment industry is through writing. Lucky for him, his dad, Freddie Zeringue, is a magazine publisher who can dedicate time and resources to help Zach.

The premiere issue of EnCor Magazine was released in February, just in time for Super Bowl XXXIX. Zach, as publisher, assembled students from his school who also believe in the magazine's mission: "keeping the arts alive in school." They agreed they wanted a magazine that targets a 12- to 24-year-old audience, and identified specific departments the magazine would cover and who would be in charge of each.

Zach, from Deerwood, heads the music department. Fellow seventh-graders Annie Black of San Marco, Jessica Ruby of Mandarin and Katie Paulson-Smith of Jacksonville Beach head the Dance, Drama and Events/Entertainment departments, respectively.

Katie refers to her beat as "edutainment" -- providing educational information about entertainment to make the arts and entertainment industry more user-friendly for readers of all ages. Tuda Sarian, Casy Bethal, Aaron Perry and Jackie Hird are also on staff.

"I really wanted to be part of an arts magazine to encourage keeping arts in schools," Katie said. "That's important to me."

Like Katie, the other students who make up the core of EnCor understand the value this experience gives them. Annie loves the idea of being published and known around the city. She may pursue a publishing career, wanting to follow in the steps of the main character in the movie 13 Going On 30. Jessica, who is already researching colleges, realizes it will look good on her college application.

Starting in October, the students began meeting at Zach's father's office for three hours nearly every Saturday afternoon, for four months. …

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