Magazines every student will love

I’ve been a magazine fanatic since I was 12-years-old when Dolly was my Bible. I’ve come a long way from the confused girl who rebelliously read Dolly Doctor’s wisdom in the ‘sealed section’. Magazines have aided my journey towards becoming the, still confused but far more enlightened and independent, woman I am today.
These are five publications every student should read.
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Frankie was born in 2004 and has been my go-to source of creative inspiration and entertainment ever since.
Founders, Louise Bannister and Lara Burke, decided the market needed a magazine that spoke directly to the reader, contained affordable fashion, sweet art, interesting reads, real people and pretty photography.
All this lovely stuff is delivered in a funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring way.
Expect stories that make you laugh followed by stories that make think. You might read one on ‘disgusting smell tolerance’ then flip over to ‘intergenerational bonds between grandmas and grandkids’.
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Fête’s content helps readers live a simple, meaningful, well-designed life.
Founder, Jane Cameron, is most proud that Fête offers help to readers struggling with a variety of issues.
“We get great feedback that the stories we include provide tangible ways in which our readers can look at things in a different perspective and manage situations that may have otherwise proved troublesome,” she told D*scribe.
Minimalism is the publication’s vibe but, Cameron said, “we’re not saying don’t buy things or miss out on the joys of life, we’re suggesting mindful purchasing and actions that will enhance and improve our readers’ lives”.
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Based in Hobart (remember Hobart?), Womankind is a game-changer for women’s magazines.
It doesn’t tell you what to wear, how to style yourself or how to date men. Instead, it urges its readers to think differently and analyse the choices they’re making.
Some of the topics it tackles are ‘ideas to change your life’, ‘money and consumerism’ and ‘psychology’.
With articles titled What death can teach us, it’s not exactly a light read but it’s so insightful.
Womankind shows you how to gain a sense of identity without relying on consumer products.
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Orenda is written by millennials, for millennials. It collates content from the readers themselves, showcasing the talent and interesting stories of real people.
It began as a Year 12 school project.
Sophia Ireland tells D*scribe that she wanted to create a magazine that “represented a more genuine person”.
Unlike other magazines that typically speak to a very specific audience, Ireland’s creation is different.
Orenda celebrates the diverse identities and interests of young women and non-binary people everywhere, not just in the major cities,” she says.
Every article is written by someone passionate, whether it’s about feminism, pop culture, business, history or sustainability.
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Beat is Melbourne’s voice for music, arts, food, travel and local culture. Basically, all the best things in life wrapped up in one tasty publication.
Being a street press magazine, Caleb, the digital editor of Beat, tells D*scribe that “we have a physical connection to Melbourne’s cultural scene”.
“Being digital as well, it means we can share that trust we’ve developed with the music community with the rest of the country.”
It also has an app with updates on every gig happening in Melbourne. And, for all the foodie’s out there, Beat Eats is what you need. It chronicles all the latest, must-go-to food haunts in Melbourne.


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