Sept. 24, 1998 * Vol . 13, No. 2
There's another newspaper vying for readership on campus, thanks to the perseverance of a Simon Fraser University graduate. It's called Identity, and it's the first bilingual Canadian-Persian publication of its kind. The paper's first issue was made available on campus during the first week of classes and reaction has been encouraging, says its creator, Zoya Malek.
"Since coming up with the idea, we've worked as a very small group to organize and expand on our resources, and it's been a lot of work," says the ambitious editor-in-chief, who graduates on Oct 2 with a major in kinesiology.
"We basically started from scratch, with no real knowledge about organizing and gathering articles, design, layout, marketing or sponsorship. But we found what we needed along the way, and were lucky enough to have an international weekly Persian newspaper, Shahrvand, sponsor our first issue."
With a staff of only four, the paper addresses a wide range of student and local issues affecting both campus and off-campus communities.
It's only the second Persian student newspaper in the world UCLA's Armaghan Quarterly was the first and its complimentary web magazine (www.sfu.ca/identity) has drawn international interest. Malek plans to stay involved with the publication and the university, continuing with studies in gerontology, health and computing science.
She says her areas of interest were inspired by her volunteer work with the elderly in several local care homes over the years. "The paper was a small idea that became a big challenge," says Malek, whose next challenge is training for a gruelling ultramarathon next year. "We're hoping now to find other sponsors and should soon have our own office. That will help as we try to improve our publishing process."
Malek hopes to publish quarterly to start and produce about 3,000 copies
a year. The paper will be produced at Paivand Publications, and will soon
be distributed at UBC as well as Capilano College.
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