About Us

Backdrop is an entirely student-produced lifestyle magazine focusing on Ohio University and the surrounding area of Athens, Ohio. Our original editor-in-chief, Ashley Luther, and her classmates created the magazine’s concept in 2006 as part of a 400-level journalism class. Eleven years later, Backdrop and its writers still offer their perspectives on issues ranging from entertainment and sports to sex and health. The print magazine switched from three to four issues per year in 2012 and comes out twice a semester.

Backdrop provides readers with insights on the university and fellow Bobcats, easy recipes and details of cultural events. It keeps a critical eye on the happenings around Athens, providing student reviews of local restaurants, events and bands. Students involved with Backdrop gain professional, hands-on experience as they create content for both the physical magazine and website.

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Mission Statement

Our magazine represents the iconic flavor of college life, with Ohio University as our backdrop. It informs, intrigues, entertains and reflects its readers in the Athens community. The magazine covers the current issues, style, culture and feeling of college life as we live it.