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Parting Shots Alpine Living magazine started in 2005 as


a summer course in international journalism. T e intent was to give the “superstars” in the Department of Journalism an opportunity to put their skills into practice and do so while visiting a foreign country having little to no working knowledge of the native language. In essence, it was a trial by fi re type of experiment, but my hope was that the editorial team would embrace the experience for what it was AND come home with fantastic stories. I was also hopeful that the Alpine Living experience would give our students the experience, skills set and portfolio clips necessary to move into internships and jobs in their respective fi elds. Since the publication of its fi rst issue in 2005, Alpine Living has graduated 45 students, many of whom have gone on to fi nd success as writers, magazine editors, magazine designers, newspaper designers, copyeditors and photojournalists.


116| ALPINE LIVING 2011 Two standout photojournalists just days before the current from


previous issues photographed the EF4 tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27th,


issue


was set to go to press. Michelle Lepianka Carter (issue #1) and Dusty Compton (issue #2), both now photojournalists for T e Tuscaloosa News, were a few miles away from this devastating tornado as it moved through town, taking the lives of six UA students and three other students


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neighboring colleges. T e tornado tore through 5.9 miles of the city and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. Michelle and Dusty’s photos, as seen on page 120, have since been published worldwide as their work was immediately sent to the Associated Press. Michelle and Dusty serve as examples of possibility for Alpine Living staff ers aſt er graduation. Alpine Living represents a culmination of years of training in journalism at UA and


serves as a the starting point for many of our students. Staff ers from previous issues have told me how much their Alpine Living experience not only helped advance them professionally, but it remains one of the highlights of their lives. For the 5th issue of the magazine, we


may travel to the Julian Alps of Slovenia in Eastern Europe and then into Austria, or we may venture in the direction of the Pyrennes along the France/Spain border. Either way, I am confi dent the next issue will bring about another adventure for UA journalism students and hopefully be the jumping-off point for them in their journalistic careers.


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Kim Bissell, Department of Journalism, Faculty adviser, Alpine Living


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