Aula Magna

Newsletters and Newspapers

Aula Magna is USFQ's official publication. Its first edition was launched in 2008 and, since then, it has circulated annually at the end of each month for free with Metro Ecuador and the USFQ community, both in Quito and on special occasions in Guayaquil.

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About the Publication

Aula Magna is USFQ's monthly publication. Its content is heterogeneous, diverse, and thoughtful and is guided by the interests of experts, professors, and students who participate voluntarily under professional coordination, editing, and design. Likewise, Multimedia Journalism students contribute reports, chronicles, interviews, and profiles of various thematic and multiplatform nature.

The content covers university news, topics of general interest, science, culture, economy, society, education, and opinion essays. In this sense, it provides information not only to USFQ in particular but also to the community in general. It seeks to highlight the achievements of the University in the research, scientific, academic, and professional fields, in addition to constantly promoting its activities in all fields of knowledge. It also disseminates the projects that USFQ undertakes with other national and international institutions and publishes analyses that students and professors carry out on current issues.

Aula Magna fosters freedom, entrepreneurship, education, debate, recognition, and ethical awareness. It seeks to promote integrity and arouse curiosity, in both readers and writers. Encouraging the community to become involved in content creation, the publication encourages a plurality of points of view, giving space to the topics of greatest interest, but also prioritizing those that traditionally have not been as well received. The contents of Aula Magna are the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily reflect USFQ's views.


Aula Magna circulates with The “Enfoque” magazine, a publication that examines global and national conjunctural matters. Its content is prepared by USFQ Multimedia Journalism students under the direction of Professors Eric Samson and Juan Alvarado. "Enfoque" presents in-depth research on topics that concern and interest the population, as well as those that are not well known.

Print Run

A total of 17,000 copies of the publication circulate. Of these, 14,000 circulate free of charge together with the newspaper Metro Ecuador and 3,000 are distributed within the university campus.


Aula Magna consists of 12 pages (21.5 x 27 mm). It is fully printed in full color on bleached and satin newsprint, giving it a high-quality finish, great sharpness and gloss on photos, and advertising space.

Editorial Board

General Edition
Barbara Arizaga
BA in Intercultural Communication

Design and illustration
USFQ Design Department

Reporters (Reports, reports and interviews)
Permanent collaborators

Mikaela Tamayo
Journalism student

María Gracia Lopez
Journalism student

María Belén Andrade
Journalism student

Occasional collaborators, multimedia platform (audiovisual reports, extended interviews, photo galleries, and audio slide shows)

Multimedia Journalism Students, under the direction of Eric Samson

***Note: Staff reporters work as interns and vary from semester to semester and even from month to month.


Editorial Design Department:
Editor: Barbara Arizaga


The editor of Aula Magna is in charge of editing and style correction, as well as defining the editorial agenda for each month, coordinating the coverage of topics, establishing the list of collaborators, and polishing the final content. Reporters' articles may be on topics assigned or proposed by themselves.

Once the content preparation and review process is complete, all the material is delivered to the Design Department for layout and printing, done by the Metro Ecuador newspaper. Aula Magna is distributed in the middle of each month, 10 times a year.

Editorial Board

Alexandra Polanco
Public Relations

Eric Samson
Multimedia Journalism Coordinator 
M.A. Digital Journalism

Jorge Gómez Tejada
Development Director 
PhD Art History

Santiago Gangotena González
USFQ Chancellor 
PhD Physics

Guide for Authors

Before submitting an article for review, please read and follow these instructions carefully.

Manuscripts are received in Microsoft Word (* .doc; * .docx) or In Design (* .id) formats. Manuscripts sent in * .pdf format are not accepted.

  • Each article must consist of:
    • Introductory Heading: Keywords that speak on the topic to be discussed.
    • Title: Concise, direct, and creative, offering an overview.
    • Summary: 3-4 lines of summary on the news or topic.
    • Credit: Name of the author/s.
    • Text: Main body of the article.
    • Box frame (1 or 2): Additional information that you want to highlight, that provides contact information, information about an event, etc.
    • Intertitles: Where the article requires it, to lighten the reading.
    • Minimum 4 good quality photographs, full color, 300 dpi.

***Note: The elements that are finally published - for example, the total number of photos or if a box is included or not - are in the opinion of the general editor, but this does not mean that the basic requirements in the composition of an item may be delivered incomplete.

  • Format for the publication of articles:
    • The extension is 400 to 500 words, that is, 1500 to 2000 characters with space/an entire sheet in MS WORD.
  • Delivery dates:
    • Aula Magna is a monthly publication and circulates in the middle of each month, 10 times a year.
    • Therefore, the COMPLETE articles, with photographs and additional ones, must be delivered in their final version no later than the 10th of each month.
    • Articles/advertising/columns/photographs and others will not be accepted after the 10th.

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