As it approaches its fiftieth anniversary, The Townships Sun magazine is taking active steps to try to reach a new, younger audience. Beginning next month, the magazine will be running a program called Townships Young Voices, which seeks to promote and support writing and creativity in local people aged 12-29.
“We’re offering young people aged 12 to 29 an opportunity to develop their creative voice and eye, and have their work published in a magazine,” said Rachel Garber, the editor of the Townships Sun in a press release accompanying the announcement.
Speaking with The Record, Garber shared that although the Sun has enjoyed a 20 per cent increase in subscriptions over the last year, the publication is still only reaching the older generation in the area.
“It’s a community magazine and we should be reaching everybody in the community,” the editor observed, explaining that the idea for Townships Young Voices (abbreviated to TYVoices) grew out of the idea that young people might be more inclined to read the magazine if they saw their own perspectives within its pages.
More details on the program are available at TownshipsSun.ca/Townships-Young-Voices or by emailing TownshipsYoungVoices@gmail.com