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FLUX Magazine is the culmination of a semester's worth of work for the University of Minnesota students in Journalism 5176: Magazine Editing and Production.

University of Minnesota journalism students explore changing American Dream in new magazine

Contacts: Jen Keavy, School of Journalism and Mass Communication,, (612) 625-8095
Ryan Maus, University News Service,, (612) 624-1690

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/16/2009) —With our country’s economy, politics and media in constant flux, it’s inevitable that society’s perception of the American Dream never stops changing. A magazine production class in University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication chose to focus their semester’s magazine on exploring and interpreting what the American Dream means to the millennial generation.

FLUX Magazine, the culmination of a semester's worth of work for the students of Journalism 5174: Magazine Editing and Production, uncovers current and past influences on the evolution of the American Dream and provides advice and encouragement to build new dreams. FLUX contains four departments: DEBATE, LEARN, LIVE and TALK. DEBATE focuses on politics and current issues, including debt, environmental sustainability and diversity. LEARN provides information on education and careers, posing the question: Is college necessary? LIVE reports on past and present lifestyle including a fashion spread on past fashion’s influence on today’s styles. TALK explores modern communication and the influence technology and relationships have on the American Dream.

“Not only did we learn far more from this experience than a textbook could ever teach us, but we professionally produced a quality magazine that will influence people’s lives,” said Katie Pelton, editor-in-chief.

A copy of FLUX magazine can be found at University of Minnesota Libraries, residence halls, Stadium Village Books on 825 Washington Ave. S.E. and Student Bookstore at 1501 University Ave. S.E. Electronic copies will be available on the FLUX Web site at The Web site includes a blog for each department, additional multimedia and full-length articles for readers to comment on and interact with the FLUX staff.

For more information on FLUX magazine or how to receive a copy, contact Jena Barch by e-mail at or phone at (612) 850-7833.

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