'What We Learned About Runner's World,' by Some Awesome South Mountain Middle School Students

May 23rd 2011

Note from Mark: This post comes courtesy of several students from South Mountain Middle School, Allentown, Pa., who visited the Runner's World offices recently to learn what goes into making a magazine and a web site. For the online portion of the visit, I spoke about the web site in general and RW Daily in particular, and asked the students to help me write a blog post. (First they helped me write the headline, above.) The theme: "What We Learned About Runner's World."

See? Told you we had class.

Here's what they had to say…

"RW mag opened my mind to new ideas and it was a great experience." – Nataly, 13

"I didn't really know that this much work went into making a magazine — how complicated the process is, and doing it three months in advance." – Esmeralda, 13

"I thought that magazines were boring but they can teach you a lot." – Yasim, 13

"Today I learned about the process of making magazines and what people do to make the cover and to make the articles." – Savannah, 12

"I learned that it's not all about advertisement. It's about what's going on in the runners' lives." – Leilany, 13

“The amount of work that is put into a magazine is extraordinary, and it’s amazing how people don’t notice how much work is put into it!” – Lisa, 13

“I learned how hard the staff works to make the magazine. I also appreciate how the staff took their own time to explain how they do their jobs.” – Brooke, 13

“Runner’s World is a wonderful magazine run by a creative and innovative staff.  They have insightfully influenced me and sparked an interest in media and advertising.  I will use this experience for future campaigning and writing.  I have learned what art directors look at when deciding which photos to use.  This experience will influence me very much in the next few decades to come.” – Nathaniel, 13

“I learned that it takes a lot of effort to make a successful magazine.” – Jhon, 13

“When I went to Runner’s World it was so much fun. I thought making a magazine was easy, but I learned that it was a lot of hard work. Runner’s World rocks!” – Edwin, 13

“I never knew how much work went into making a magazine. Also I never knew how big the magazine was.” – Nick, 13

“The experience was amazing and fun! All the time that is needed to put into a single magazine is amazing. The trip was just breathtaking.” – Kristen, 13

“After visiting Runner’s World magazine it really opened my eyes to all the hard work placed into making a magazine. This experience was so influential that I even want to be a journalist! So, thank you Runner’s World for this awesome opportunity.” – Savannah, 13

“This was an amazing experience that really showed me how to make a magazine and how much dedication it takes just to make one issue. It was really awesome visiting Runner’s World!” – Jocsan, 13

“I thought that making a magazine was easy, but now I realize that the process is time consuming and challenging.” – Cole, 13

“I learned how much it costs to make a magazine and that they have to work three months early in order to make the magazine in time.” – Yosmar

“I never knew that making a magazine took so much work. It takes about a month. Coming to Runner’s World was amazing. It was so crazy!” – Kamila, age 12

“I learned that it takes a lot of work to make an amazing magazine, and it costs a lot of money to make just one magazine.” – Alison

“I enjoyed the field trip! I learned so much about how magazines are created, and I enjoyed the activities.” – Rachel, 12

“The field trip was very interesting and exciting! I would like to do it again and again!” – Vanessa, 13

“It was really fun. Wow! It is a long process to make a magazine!” – Kristal, 13

"I learned that Mark Remy is an astonishing person, and also very smart and handsome." – Joe, 13

…Okay, I made that last one up. Everything else came straight from the kids, though.

And you know what? They're right: Making a magazine (and a web site) is a lot of work. And a long process. And so crazy.

I would like to do it again and again. And so I — and all of us here at Runner's World — will do just that.

Take care, kids, and come back anytime.