Our motto: "What's past is prologue, and our current events are documented in archives." At Acumen Magazine we recognize that journalists are only as effective as their research, insight, and interactions with "living witnesses." We train student reporters and community advocates to report on the world around them using historical archives, elder interviews, grassroots activists, and young people. Our quarterly publication offers clear, concise, investigative features that put the power of the pen in the hands of underrepresented populations.
Acumen is where history & journalism meet.
The Acumen Magazine Story
Acumen Magazine printed its first edition in 2014 with three student interns working remotely from their respective college campuses at Jackson State University (MS), University College of London (UK), and George Washington University (DC). Each worked alongside Acumen professional volunteers, political scientist Dr. Wilmer Leon, biologist/virologist Dr. Sophia Sparks, historians, Eyedontha (Netherlands), Paul Eme (Manchester), and Tony Warner (London), to research, write, edit, and graphically design the magazine. Stories have run the full gamut from coverage of the nation's failing infrastructure to the historical impact of scientific racism on marginalized communities globally. Acumen students even conducted their own content analysis media research on eugenic themes in popular television series -- with an emphasis on the British soap opera Coronation Street which became the January 2019 cover feature.
Acumen instructs, researches, and informs, in order to reform and empower!