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2010 Soul of Athens launches Tuesday

Multimedia web magazine explores local human experience

Soul of Athens, an award winning multimedia web magazine, launches its 2010 volume June 1. The website, www.2010.soulofathens.com, is in its fourth year of production. 

Soul of Athens has been recognized internationally for its work in photojournalism, multimedia packaging, documentary and feature videos as well as overall excellence in storytelling.

The Soul of Athens explores the curiosities and universal human experiences within the Athens community. This year there are over 60 students involved in the project. Local characters, university life, poverty, sustainable farming, fashion, religion, dance, birth and much more all come to life through the eyes, and lenses, of Ohio University students in the School of Visual Communication and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The site is exclusively designed, edited, produced and operated by students; it is one of a kind in this aspect.

The first volume of Soul of Athens launched in May 2007. Since the initial launch the site has continuously been recognized for its accomplishments in the fields of photojournalism, multimedia web and video production and editing. In 2009 Soul of Athens was honored by Pictures of the Year International with the “Award of Excellence” for “Online Publications Best Use.” The 2008 edition of Soul of Athens landed 1st place in National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest in the category, “Best
Multimedia Package.”

The 2010 Soul of Athens website will be published in a series of editions. The first phase, Expression, will launch at 12:01am on June 1. Every two weeks additional thematic editions will be added to the site. The editions include Expression, Shelter, Passage, Thrive and Experience. Viewers will be able to subscribe to electronic notifications each time a new edition is added.

The mission of Soul of Athens is to engage and inform audiences in a unique experience with accurate and innovative, inventive story telling that explores the curiosities and universality of the Athens community.