Raw Magazine at Central Michigan University


RAW Magazine, founded in 2016, is a student ran fashion magazine for the student body at Central Michigan University. Jordan Moorhead, Editor in Chief of RAW Magazine and Kaitlyn Lauer, Creative Director of RAW Magazine are the founders of the Magazine.


Upon arrival to Central Michigan Jordan said, “there is Grand Central Magazine and there is CM Life but there is nothing specifically for FMD [Fashion Merchandising and Design Majors]. I looked at all the other school such as Michigan State University and their fashion magazine and I started to wonder why we didn’t have one if we have one of the best fashion programs.” Shortly after Jordan decided to create a student ran fashion magazine.


RAW target audience includes students at Central Michigan, Fashion majors and people around the Mount Pleasant, Michigan community. They aim to show students that fashion can be found in remote areas and college towns such as Mount Pleasant. Recruitment of models, photographers, and editors for the magazine is primarily on a volunteer basis. The RAW team meetings are held once a week at Anspach Hall on Central Michigan University campus. All members of the team come together to discuss issues regarding the magazine, choose and edit photos for the upcoming issues, arrange photoshoots, and contact potential models. At each meeting, everyone is allowed to add their input in regards to the success of the magazine. Usually, meetings are facilitated by Jordan Moorhead, directing team members and ensuring the upcoming issue is published on time.


“Because we are just starting most of our pieces come from the models themselves or we provide them with clothes of our own, or of our friends… We hope to receive sponsorship in the future by right now we are working with the best of what we got.” Crystal Thompson, Social Media Director of RAW, said.


When scheduling photo shoots Kaitlyn Lauer, Creative Director, ensures that each piece that the model plans to wear for the photoshoot is similar to the theme of the shoot. For instance, the international student photo shoot theme was, “Modern Foreign Clothing at Traditional American College” In this shoot students of Asian descent were asked to wear something that reminded them of home but also represented their culture in some type of way.  “I ask each student to send me a photo of their clothes and shoes and we decide what will be used and what does not match the theme,” Lauer said.


Although RAW magazine does not currently have any sponsors they shop at local retailers to show subscribers of the magazine that modern fashion is around the Mount Pleasant area. TJ MAXX, RUE 21, TARGET, and JC PENNY are just a few places where clothing pieces and inspiration is found for the magazine’s shoots and themes. Below shows an interactive map showing these places listed and how to easily navigate to your one-stop shop for fashion, design clothing!



RAW uses tools such as Photoshop and InDesign to help create their magazine. In addition, once the magazine is published is it posted on Issuu, a digital publishing platform for magazines.

After successfully releasing its second issue, Raw Magazine is continuously growing by adding new team members, searching for more models and inspiring the CMU community.



Infographics and Polls

A variety of infographics show different relations between similar things. The poll is a selection of college majors students are most likely to study. The word cloud created with word it out help create and enlarge the most commonly used words in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ” I Have a Dream” speech. In addition, a map was created with google maps to help navigate students around the Central Michigan’s campus in hopes of finding great food. Lastly, a pie chart showing the most favored leisure activities emphasizes the difference between someone who likes to go to yoga opposed to someone who likes to swim.


Places to eat around CMU’s Campus


Out of 100 people surveyed these are the results of the most favored top leisure activities

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- “I Have a Dream” speech word cloud

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Students at Central Michigan University get fit with Zumba!

Students at Central Michigan University love to stay fit. At the Student Activity Center (SAC) Zumba classes instructed by senior student Natalie Doherty, are held every Monday and Wednesday. Anyone apart of the CMU community can join the free class to dance off some stress, get fit, have fun!

Produced by: Jermaine Fields and Tara Smith 04/02/2017

Central Michigan Student Art Exhibition Allows Student to Showcase Work for Community


Students at Central Michigan University showcase their art work at the annual Student Art Exhibition. Any student of CMU can submit an original art pieces which will be judged and possibly displayed in the North Art Gallery, located on CMU’s campus. Anne Gochenour, Art Gallery Directors, explains the process of the student submissions and talks more about the different exhibitions.

Color photos across Central Michigan campus

Central Michigan University has an array of colors across campus. From buildings to outside scenery each individual things have a unique color that blends well with the campus.

CMU senior and Stylist helps students with affordable hair styles

Angela Hill, Human Resource major and senior student at Central Michigan University, discussed her hobbies around campus. One of which includes doing hair for students at CMU. Angela enjoys doing hair for women at an affordable price. Listen to Angela interview and hear her talk about her passion and the joy she receives from doing hair.

A word of inspiration from me to you

“Everything that once was or is started with a dream. So dreamers never stop dreaming.”

The first post on the site is started with a quote because it is important to all readers to know that they should never give up and continue to push for success despite how hard it may get. I ask that you continue to dream and see where those dreams can take you.

My name is Jermaine Fields and I too am a dreamer. My story starts back in 2009 when I was first introduced to the Broadcast and Journalism fields at my high school, Detroit School of Performing Arts. After four years of studying radio and television and grasping a strong sense of journalism, reporting, entertainment, news, and media, in general, I felt that this field was one I was destined to pursue.

Entering college I tried to convince myself that entertainment news was a field that was too competitive and would not get me the money that I needed in order to have a successful career. At Henry Ford College, located in Dearborn, Michigan, I earned my Associate Degree in Business Administration because at the time I thought that would be best of me. After, what I would call, a waste of two years, I finally decided to continue with my passion and pursue a career in Journalism.

Research and dedication are all it took for me to realize that Central Michigan University was the school I wanted to attend. Central is one of the only few schools in Michigan with an accredited journalism program and also is a university well known for its journalism program. That was all the information needed for me to decide where to attend to pursue my degree.

After arriving at the university I knew I’d made the right decision. The atmosphere, the people, the diversity, and the culture is all and more than what I expected out of CMU. The professors in the Journalism department assured me with their actions and concerns that I had picked the right major and that no matter who may doubt me or what people may think or say, I can be successful in the broadcasting world.

I tell my story to say that no matter what people may tell you, no matter how discouraged you may become and no matter how many times you are told no always tell yourself yes. Yes, you can be successful in anything you may choose to be. Any preconceived notions that you may have about anything, throw them out the window because the only thing that will be holding you back is yourself.

I leave you with these words of encouragement and hope that you remember, “Everything that once was or is started with a dream.” So keep dreaming dreamers.