Evolution of DigA

We believe in learning. As we stop, start, make mistakes, scurry to clean them up, and grow as a journal project, we invite you to follow along. Maybe you can learn from our successes and mistakes, and perhaps we can learn from your ideas and suggestions.

Issue No. 8 (A Whole New DigA)

As you may have noticed, Digital America recently underwent a pretty big makeover — which we hope you’ve liked. As we once again consider the evolution of the journal, let’s take a look back at the old Digital America while we celebrate the new and improved site!

THINGS FROM BEFORE…

Issue No. 7 (Open letter)

Dear DigA Readers—

In 2013, Digital America was created to elevate the voices of millennials who are thinking critically about our digital world, to celebrate artwork that lives online rather than in a gallery and the long-form research piece that lives in the space between classrooms and peer-reviewed journals. We’re like the Internet’s Island of Misfit Toys for digitally focused writers, thinkers, and creators.

It’s always been part of our mission to be transparent and honest with you about what we do and how we do it. We want you to get to know us, the four people sitting around a table regularly checking the emails, editing the submissions, designing the layout, and more (all while eating a lot of Pirate’s Booty and dancing to Meghan’s ‘90s music).

Throughout DigA’s journey to elevate unheard voices, we’ve staffed editors of different races, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender identities. Issue 7’s staff has been one of the most diverse group of editors DigA has ever had, bringing together a wide range of identities, perspectives, and skills. For this issue, the eclectic quirks and varying experiences each one of us brings to the DigA table has shaped the journal in a new way.

DigA is a home to writing, artwork, columns, and research that might go unnoticed elsewhere. To truly welcome the unheard, the overlooked, the disregarded, we have to center the voices of people that are unheard, marginalized, and too often unappreciated. We cannot celebrate experimental emoji art and untraditional academia without also appreciating the voices of people of color, queer folks, those with visible and invisible disabilities, and others who aren’t recognized.

Our staff is always the first step to creating a truly inclusive and welcoming journal.

But we can always do better. None of our regular columnists are people of color. Our website does not easily accommodate the visually impaired. And we, as editors, all have the privilege of being students at a private, liberal arts university.

We still have work to do, but we’re proud to be moving forward as a staff and as a journal. Thank you, as always, for sticking with us on our journey.

Best,
The Digital America Team
(Sharon, Miranda, Luriel, and Damian)

Evolution Spring 2016

Issue No. 6 (Growing)

With this new issue, we plan to deliver. We’re always growing, learning, and reflecting over a cup of hot tea. Change is good, and as a testament, we’re dropping this little vid of us doing our digA thing. We hope you enjoy this new issue, and that this journey of digA gives you a few laughs. We’re excited to introduce more art into the mix of our publication, and we’re excited about the abundance of submissions we’ve received. The future of DigA and the dig.art column is bright, so thanks for staying along for the ride as we go new places with the journal.

Issue No. 5 (Oops…)

Issue No. 5 got away from us, not gonna lie. It’s the result of having too many seniors on staff and too many lofty goals for the Evolution. (We were thinking about animations of the entire staff…it was getting a little heady.) Anyway, we will be back with a killer Evolution 6 update. Stay tuned.

Issue No. 4 (diga.rt)

Every semester, we try to give interested interns the opportunity to develop, curate, launch, and maintain their own special section of the journal. Issue 3 worked with two sections: Re:Analog (curated by the great Hayley Mojica) and Comics (curated by the wonderful Francesca Lyn), and as we explored aspects of creating little niches of the journal, we ended up learning a lot–like giving them an expiration date. Issue 4 is featuring a new section dedicated to the arts, curated by the-one-and-only Kenta Murakami (he did not write this part) and with it (of course) came some unexpected difficulties. Between hassling artists over email and coming up with content for our new Instagram, we quickly discovered we were treading upon new terrain. Nonetheless, we’re excited for a more visual and more social Digital America than ever before, and are endlessly grateful for the trust of everyone who has continued to make it possible.

Issue No. 3 (Reflecting)

We are introducing a new staff to the journal, and we are finishing up the final updates for Issue No. 3. So, it’s a great time to give a huge, huge THANK YOU to our 2013/2014 staff: Andrew Jones, Hayley Mojica, and Francesca Lyn. Here are some of our hopes and dreams for the future, along with some DigA favorites.

Issue No. 2 (We got this…?)

Office Playlist of the Day: “Grimy Jeans and Flannel” – Andrew Jones on Spotify

We have some serious educational moments here in the DigA space (despite the ample time the team spends chatting about 90s music and eating pretzels). We tackle problems weekly–should we accept or reject? Edit or walk the plank? We can’t control what gets popular (what’s the “front page” of the journal) online, so every piece should be reflective of our mission. Oh, and what’s our mission? Publish stuff we love? (Meghan: “No!”) Deciding what to publish and how to publish it is a serious struggle. Most days are learning moments for us all—particularly the wee interns—and we are always working to figure out who we are and where we are going. So, alongside our dinosaurs, magnet poetry, and issue wall…we should probably invest in a magic 8-ball. Check out our running slideshow below to see where the DigA magic happens (and where we very diplomatically decide who gets to DJ our two-hour Tuesday/Thursday meetings.)

Issue No. 1 (The Beginning)

Issue No. 1 was, well, our first issue. As you can see, we’ve grown up a bit.