Z Next: A Magazine by Gen Z, for Gen Z

What matters most to Gen Z? What are their biggest fears and joys? To find appropriate answers, second-year Journalism and International Journalism students at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, specialising in text and photo, participated in an editorial project to explore the lives of their peers. The result? A captivating magazine called Z Next.

This publication tackles issues that resonate with young people today. From queer sex and young soccer talent to climate justice, juvenile delinquency, and the latest fashion trends, the editorial team of Z Next sought out compelling stories. The students designed a printed magazine, which they proudly released in June 2024. You can already browse the online version and see their hard work come to life. The magazine contains articles in Dutch and English.

As part of their Print Magazine course, the Journalism and International Journalism students were tasked with creating a magazine from start to finish. They developed a strong concept, pitched ideas in editorial meetings, conducted interviews, wrote articles, took photos, and handled the layout and final editing of the magazine.

This project required a blend of creative talent, sharp writing, keen design sense, precision, and teamwork. It also allowed students to transform their passions—lifestyle, sports, politics, social issues, or culture—into meaningful journalistic stories. Through Z Next, they amplify the voices of those who need to be heard, providing a – printed – platform for their generation to express what’s truly important to them.

Text: Lieve Roegiers
Photo: © Ilaicha Vandeputte