Bonfire Magazine 

In the Magazine Honors Program, you'll produce an innovative publication that’s distributed throughout the Des Moines area, in print and online. In the process, you'll learn magazine design, layout and copy writing, as well as production and distribution. You'll find that Bonfire is cutting-edge magazine design, fresh and captivating writing, and great experience in the "business" of magazine production and distribution.

Produced by seniors in the Honors Magazine course was given the award for general excellence. Bonfire also won two design awards – a second place in the Feature Spread category for a design on a story about Vintage Vitae (designer Sammy Leung) and fifth place for the cover design (staff).

The first issue of Bonfire was published in 2007. The editor of the award-winning 2009 edition was Danielle Ameling, a 2009 graduate in graphic design. “Winning the American Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award is a great honor,” Ameling said. “To be recognized for our long hours, frenetic mouse clicking, and all around effort really validates what we've done and the goals we were trying to achieve.”

The Pacemaker Award, which includes a both a literary and general interest division, included entries from across the country. Editors from Wired Magazine in San Francisco judged the general interest category.

“The design and communications departments at Grand View always had a way of allowing personal freedom and exploration within the context of the courses,” Ameling said. “We were guided along the way, but in a way to further our own skills and strengths. Working on the magazine really demonstrated how each of our personal strengths could be utilized to create an amazing final product.”