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HerCampus website launches at KU

By Jillian Baker

KU’s chapter of HerCampus launched its own blog page on Oct. 4.

According to the website, Her Campus is a blog written by the “world’s top college journalists – with 7,000+ contributors.” It serves as a “launching point” for college journalists. Her Campus was founded by Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Windsor Hanger Western and Annie Wang. They were undergraduate students at Harvard.

Carmelina Stolzenberg is the campus correspondent for KU’s chapter of Her Campus. Stolzenberg is a senior English secondary education major with a minor in women and gender studies. She said Her Campus is a writing platform for college students. Stolzenberg said stories could be “Anything that affects their life on a daily basis, they can write about.”

She heard about Her Campus from her brother’s girlfriend who attends Bloomsburg University. She writes for the Bloomsburg Her Campus chapter, which happens to be one of the largest branches. She encouraged Stolzenberg to get involved.

Last spring, Stolzenberg worked on a final project in her class to propose an issue on campus and how to fix

it. She chose Her Campus as the platform for her project. She applied for KU to begin a chapter for Her Campus. However, she was denied the first time. She reapplied in August for a second chance.

She said, “I had to send in an application, fill out what they had sent me, a cover letter, have references and my writing. From there, they sent me an editing test.” She also needed 100 signatures on campus, a launch checklist (which included getting social media accounts ready,) recruiting writers and being approved to be on campus by KU.

The application was accepted with the help from the Feminine Majority Leadership Alliance. Stolzenberg said, “We teamed up with them to get the word out.” Her Campus KU was approved on September 27 and launched the first round of articles on October 4.

There are meetings for the Her Campus club on the second Tuesday of every month in Lytle 202 at 5:30 p.m. Attendance at the monthly meetings is required for all writers. Meetings include writing workshops and distributing article assignments. All interested students are encouraged to attend the meeting to join the club.

“We are looking for passionate writers to help our chapter grow,” Stolzenberg said.

Her Campus has a variety of sections including career, love, beauty, world news, entertainment, DIY, health and many more.

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