Students launch new regional magazine

Cross Timbers Trails magazine

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The first issue of Cross Timbers Trails, a new student-produced magazine, has been published. The magazine covers lifestyle, events and travel in the counties that make up the region: Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Hamilton, Hood, Palo Pinto and Somervell.

Tarleton students write and edit the stories, shoot the pictures, sell ads and design the magazine. Most students are communication studies majors.

Previously, students produced the Longhorn Drover magazine for the International Texas Longhorn Association. When the organization decided to move the magazine online-only, the student developed a magazine from scratch. In just one year, they moved from concept to a self-supported magazine. Students sold enough ads to pay to print the first issue.

The first issue focuses on food and wine hot spots in the region. Editor Sarah Friesen, a communication studies student from Atwater, Calif., wanted readers traveling in the Cross Timbers area to be aware of the wineries.

“I believe in supporting locals as much as possible and being able to give these wineries the chance to tell their stories,” Friesen said. “Wine has always been something I have been around. I have been to numerous wineries in and around my hometown.”

The magazine will be published twice a year. The fall 2012 staff members for Cross Timbers Trails are Kayla Fritz, editor; Amanda Ogle, assistant editor; Laura Procter, ad sales; and Lauren Wright, promotions director.

“The second issue is planned to be out in late September and is going to be about the hidden treasures of the Cross Timbers region,” Fritz said.

Student adviser Dan Malone said, “Lots of ideas for startup magazines never go anywhere, but Tarleton students made issue No. 1 happen, and they're already working on No. 2. I'm looking forward to 3, 4, 5 and beyond.”

The magazine is available at all the story locations, county courthouses and the advertisers’ locations. The magazine will also soon be online at


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