Down East Goes Back to School

Maine high-schoolers tackle the publishing biz — with Down East as their model.

Editor in chief Kathleen Fleury and managing editor Brian Kevin recently paid a few visits to Camden Hills Regional High School, just down the road from our offices, to dish on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a glossy regional magazine. Travel writing and magazine production were the the themes of teachers Cathy Harris and Jamie Gillette’s honors freshman English classes, and the 80 or so students enrolled took their lessons to the next level, publishing a collection of mini-magazines using the writing, editing, and design skills they picked up.

We picked a few of our faves to share below. From photo essays to reported pieces on addiction to “Maine’s Best-Kept Salty Secret” (you gotta click below to find out where it is), the students delivered the goods. We’ll be sure to send some recruiting packets come graduation day for the Class of 2020.


As much as I talk down about my small or ‘boring’ town, every second I’m away from it, I long to return.

At least one small sighting of homegrown wonder is guaranteed during an expedition of the northern farmlands.

Maybe Maine is special because of the people, the ones who change you for the better.

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