Student-run magazine sheds light on Far East Indy

Students and staff at Warren Central High School published “The Indy Far East”, a magazine focused on telling positive stories.

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a new way to tell positive stories in Far East Indianapolis, and it’s being done through a student-created magazine.

Students and staff at Warren Central High School have published “The Indy Far East”, a magazine focused on telling the positive stories from this side of Marion County.

“There were no posts from the east side really dedicated to showing and talking about the positive things happening here on the far east side, and we wanted to change the narrative of that,” said Dennis Jarrett, director of communications for Warren. Communal schools.

The magazine is now in its fourth edition. It was launched in May by journalism students and staff at Warren Central High School, led by Jarrett.

In addition to student writers, the magazine also features stories written by former students and community contributors.

“We’ve been giving our community some really good advice on what’s going on in education, what’s going on in Warren Township,” Jarrett said.

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“I just had a bunch of ideas that came to mind, like how can I contribute,” said Warren Central junior Cory Duncan.

Duncan has lived his entire life on the far east side of Indy and said this magazine meant a lot to him.

“I see a bunch of great stories every day,” Duncan said. “I really like this magazine because it tells stories in a place that is really portrayed in a negative light.”

The school even helps print about 4,000 copies each month, in a room at the Warren Career Center.

“And we have to pay a dollar per copy, and if you see the quality of the magazine, that’s a great price of a dollar per magazine,” Jarrett said.

Jarrett said the funding came from a nonprofit organization called Next Gen Initiative, enabling students like Duncan and others at Warren Central to learn the craft of journalism, leaving a lasting impact.

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“It’s not just one thing I can do, it’s like I can film, I can edit and now I can write too,” Duncan said. “I feel like it’s really impacting my life, really helping me hone my journalism skills.”

Jarrett said the school aims to distribute the magazine to every neighborhood in Marion County. So they are looking for community partners and distributors.

You can sign up to be added to the mailing list for a free digital or hard copy each month at this link.