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Countenance Magazine // School of Communication

Countenance is a general long-form feature magazine produced by students in the School of Communication at East Carolina University. The articles were written by students in Feature Writing classes taught by Cindy Elmore. The magazine is designed by students in Barbara Bullington’s Creative Design in Publishing classes.

Countenance is now in its eighth year.

Countenance provides a look behind issues, places, and—mostly—the lives of many kinds of people. In other words, everyone has a story to tell, and we look at some of the interesting people you might see on the street. Or, we examine the mood, character and emotions of people being profiled.

In 2023, we distributed to about 15,000 home delivery subscribers in The Daily Reflector in Greenville (Pitt County), Rocky Mount Telegram (Edgecombe and Nash counties), and The Daily Advance (Pasquotank County). In previous years, we distributed to those home delivery subscribers as well as to subscribers in Washington (Beaufort County) and Wilson (Wilson County). At its peak, Countenance was delivered to around 25,000 households.

What is long-form journalism?

According to Wikipedia: “Long-form journalism is a branch of journalism dedicated to longer articles with larger amounts of content.[1] Typically, this will be between 1,000 and 20,000 words. Long-form articles often take the form of creative nonfiction or narrative journalism.”

Because our articles are longer, a major design challenge is making sure we don’t end up with long blocks of un-broken text. Therefore, subheads, photos, infographics, pull quotes, small, cutout graphics and other elements are essential to the design.

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