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Penn State Blog Turns to Print, Seeks Funding for Football Magazine

Us Penn State bloggers are a tight-knit-crew. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a blogosphere more robust than the one Penn State has, with dozens of news, sports, and comedy blogs all serving our beloved Nittany Lions every day. We write, we edit, and we bitch about each other on Twitter probably more than normal people should. But bloggers tend to be bonded in a fraternity fueled by the passion that drives alternative media everywhere.

And our work is all online. Well, until now.

We Are! 2013 is the proposed name of a Penn State football preview magazine being produced and written by a conglomerate of well known bloggers. The project was put up on Kickstarter last week with a lofty $35,000 goal to make the project happen.

We Are! 2013 will feature a comprehensive preview of the 2013 season, feature stories, recruiting news and much more, from familiar names across the PSU blogosphere and beyond,” wrote Jared Slania, the managing editor of Penn State football blog Black Shoe Diaries. “This publication will be geared for die-hard Penn State fans as we wait out the long days of summer, anxiously awaiting the kickoff against Syracuse on August 31.”

Contributors include:

  • Mike Pettigano, former editor of Black Shoe Diaries and longtime Penn State football blogger
  • Tim Tolley, of Fansided and Victory Bell Rings
  • Ben Jones, the football beat reporter for our friends at
  • Chase Stuart, of the New York Times
  • A plethora of Black Shoe Diaries contributors including Cari Greene, Devon Edwards, Adam Collyer, Tim Hyland, Dan Vecellio, and Ben Scaff

This isn’t the first time Penn State bloggers have come together to make a print product. The Maple Street Press published a Penn State football preview magazine from 2009-2011 featuring many of the same names you see above with recognizable success.

“In order to free us from the shackles of corporate overlords and give our readers the best Penn State content available, we are calling upon the awesome power of the PSU Web community — those of you who most appreciate and can best recognize original and quality content — to back our endeavor, and bring back your favorite annual publication,” Pettigano writes in the Kickstarter.

If you’re interested in helping out, make sure to throw our fellow bloggers a few dollars on their Kickstarter. Michigan fans just raised over $50,000 for a similar magazine, and we certainly can’t let those bastards win, right?

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About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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