I'm at the end of my fourth semester as the World's Oldest Journalism Undergraduate. I had decided to get the first part of the science requirement and my entire arts requirement out of the way this semester, so I'm finishing up Introduction to Biology, and Introduction to Theater. Both courses were interesting, but I'm anxious to get back into journalism classes.
My ideal coursework for next semester would include finishing up my biology series, and taking either one of the media writing classes or Ethics in Media. The only non-journalism requirement I have left is Public Speaking. Speaking doesn't really bother me (I'm an avid member of an active Toastmaster's club), but I'm ready to get back into the coursework I'm here for.
Depending on how time consuming my classes are next semester, I'll be launching The Atlanta Tortoise in either early or late spring. I've already put the infrastructure in place, including a website with an issue-based Wordpress magazine module and a "leaky" paywall, similar to the subscription model the New York Times uses.
I've also begun assembling a pool of freelancers who specialize in a number of different areas. Since the subject matter is going to strongly reflect my own personal idiosyncrasies (if this isn't fun and satisfying to me there's absolutely no reason to put the money and work into it), I've sought out people whose work I've seen, and whose approaches to their subjects interest and entertain me.
I've allocated sufficient resources to purchase enough articles at freelancer starvation rates to fill three monthly issues. The Atlanta Tortoise will not be The New Yorker, either in payment rates or in initial name recognition of the writers, but my goal is to reach that caliber within ten years, and to help build the careers of a great team of writers.
For now, though, I have two final exams approaching, so I'd better turn my focus back to the Krebs Cycle and electron transport systems. There will be ample time for the inverted pyramid of journalism later.