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The Contemporary at Trinity University

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Project ended on May 15, at 12:00 AM CDT
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The Contemporary at Trinity University

Help The Contemporary build a sustainable media organization that will remain at Trinity University for years to come.

About The Contemporary 

The news media’s polarization and fragmentation represent a few of the most critical challenges our democracy faces. In a recent interview we published with Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, Zuckerman stressed the importance of media ecosystems that challenge readers’ preconceived notions rather than pushing sensationalist conspiracies. Without forums that encourage respectful debate across the political aisle, our communities and country will become ever more divided. The need for dialogue on public affairs has never been more important. With such pressing issues in mind, we founded The Contemporary, a nationwide current affairs publication that unifies and empowers collegiate journalists.


A Leader in College Campus Public Affairs

We have partnered with over 20 student publications from campuses across the country to consistently produce a diverse array of content from a variety of perspectives. For example, we have covered Dinesh D’Souza’s visit to Trinity, interviewed the former chairman of the joint chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, and San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg. Additionally, our content has been re-published by The Huffington Post and The Rivard Report.  



Our Mission

Our goal is to build a sustainable media organization that will remain at Trinity University for years to come. We believe that mobilizing a movement of millennials who engage at the center – not just the left or the right – is the only political strategy that has a chance to represent us in this new era. An alternative future for engagement exists: The Contemporary is the space to advance it. Indeed, this is an ambitious project. But with our growing network, we are gradually building a movement. All that we ask is this: join us.  

The Impact of Your Gift

Your tax-deductible gift will allow us to empower collegiate journalists to report on local and national politics, expand our marketing efforts to center the conversation, and create engaging public events such as “Contemporary Thought Leaders: A Civic Engagement Symposium” which we are hosting at the Pearl Stable in San Antonio on April 10 at 6:00 p.m. Your gift will help position The Contemporary as a nationwide leader of students and other universities in civil dialogue, debate, and innovative storyteller for years to come.



Our Team

Top: Ansh Khullar '20, Ian Dill '20, Daniel Matthewson '20, Sol Ethan Courtman '20

Middle:  Monica Baez '20, Madelyn Gaharan '20, Silas Strawn '20, Zabdi Salazar '20

Bottom: Andy Acevedo '18, Benjamin Collinger '19, Josephine Van Houten '20, Karina Mendez-Perez '20


Thank You

Thank you for your support of our organization. We greatly appreciate each and every tax-deductible donation in helping us advance our mission. Please share this page and our content with your friends and family via social media.


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Funds one student article



Funds publicity costs such as signs, flyers, and ad space on affiliated university websites and social media.


Bronze Member

Funds 5 undergraduate student writers for re-published articles


Silver Member

Funds the recruitment of a new regular columnist


Gold Member

Funds hosting expenses for one campus-wide discussion panel


Diamond Member

Funds expenses such as speaker recruitment, marketing, and advertising costs for hosting multiple campus-wide discussion panels on campus


Presidential Member

Funds experiential trip to Washington D.C. or other U.S. destination for one student journalist


Platinum Member

Funds the costs for hosting a city-wide Symposium Event at Trinity University