March 13, 2012
Go behind the scenes of Pacific magazine for a sneak peek at the cover story of our Spring 2012 issue, coming in April.Jenni Luckett | Editor
Sometimes, you have to go the extra mile to get a good story.
Sometimes, it’s more like 65 miles.
A couple of months ago, Pacific magazine staffers Wanda Laukkanen (writer), Parrish Evans (multimedia director), and David Panton (student intern) loaded up their gear and headed to the beach.
Their destination was Seaside, Ore.
Their assignment: to go the extra mile in helping readers get to know sophomore Charlotte Basch.
We already knew Basch would be profiled in the magazine. She’s an exceptional student who has worked since her early teens to revitalize the culture of the Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe, of which she is a member. She is in her second year at Pacific, where she is studying a host of subjects in her pursuit of her goals. She has captured the attention of her professors, and even the notice of the University president.
But we didn’t really know her.
Hence, the road trip.
Our magazine staffers visited Charlotte and her parents. They got a tour of her hometown. They stood on the ancestral lands of her people while she talked about her past and her future.
“It takes you out of the academic aspect of it and into seeing how people really live their lives,” Wanda said.
Wanda not only enjoyed meeting Charlotte’s family, but also learned a ton about the history of the Seaside area, near where Wanda, too, grew up.
“I didn’t know anything about the Clatsop people,” she said.
The extra mile(s) paid off. The team put together an outstanding package of text and pictures to bring Charlotte’s story to life. It earned top billing on the cover of the Spring magazine, which you’ll find in print and online around April 10.
Our lucky online readers get a sneak peek, though. While in Seaside, Parrish and David also filmed a new Boxer Tale (a series of short videos about Pacific people) starring Charlotte. Meet Charlotte now, and be sure to read the rest of the story next month!