Fusion Magazine (Kent State University)

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Fusion Magazine
Editor-in-Chief Selected Each Semester
Categories Social Media
Frequency produced by students twice per academic year
Circulation 5,000
First issue 2003
Company Kent State University
Country  United States
Language English
Website http://fusion.kent.edu

Fusion is a student magazine at Kent State University. It was started in the fall of 2003 by founding editors Mandy Jenkins, Marie (Ho) Cornuelle, and adviser Kate Common.[1] Since then, the magazine has won several awards and continues to expand its audience base. Published twice a year by KSU students, Fusion addresses sexual minority issues within the general population using illustrative photo essays and in-depth feature articles. Available in print and online, the magazine strives to unify people of different backgrounds through education and awareness. Past stories tackled political trends, religion and sexuality, domestic partner benefits, LGBT athletes in the NCAA, anti-discrimination policies, parents coming out to spouses and children, gay adoption, AIDS support groups, physical and mental health issues, social change and more. Its national advertisers have included the popular lesbian magazine, Curve, as well as Pride & Equality Magazine.


The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to Fusion in December 2006.[2] GCEF's grant helped the magazine increase its circulation, exposing more college students to LGBT issues. Seventy-five percent of the publication's budget comes from student fees via the Student Media Policy Committee, leaving twenty-five percent to be raised through advertising and fundraising.[2]


Since the beginning of its publication Fusion magazine received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and was presented with several Mark of Excellence Awards:


  • First Place: Photo Illustration, Scott Galvin, "Fighting homophobia on the field"
  • Second Place: Best All-Around Online Student Magazine, Staff
  • Third Place: Feature Photography, Pat Jarrett, "My (Gay) Fraternity Life"
  • Honorable Mention: Best Student Magazine (published once a year), Staff[3]


  • First Place: Best Student Magazine (Published More Than Once a Year), Staff
  • First Place: Best All-Around Online Student Magazine, Staff


  • First Place: Best Student Magazine, Staff
  • Third Place: Best Affiliated Web site, Staff[4]


  1. ^ "New Magazine to discuss sexual minority issues". JMC@Kent State. Archived from the original on 4 December 2003. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Grant Recipient Profile: Fusion Magazine". Reaching Out (Gay Community Endowment Fund). Summer 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "2003 Mark of Excellence Regional Award Winners" (Press release). Society of Professional Journalists. 30 June 2004. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "SPJ Announces 2006 Region 4 Mark of Excellence Award Winners" (Press release). Society of Professional Journalists. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 

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