The University of Mary Press debuts its new publication, 360 Review magazine, a high-quality coffee table read for people of all interests


BISMARCK, ND — Don’t let his eastern background, his Irish name, or, even that hint of a Canadian accent fool you. More than anything, being an “outsider” should probably be regarded as a prerequisite, rather than a barrier, to being the editor-in-chief of a magazine that presents in-depth content about the Northern Great Plains. Patrick McCloskey is that person behind the new 360 Review magazine released today by the University of Mary Press, in Bismarck.

“But Canada lies just north of Dakota, if that counts?” quipped McCloskey about his Canadian roots. “I have done an immense amount of immersion work as a writer for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. So, unlike a ‘parachute reporter,’ who sometimes gets a story and quickly leaves, I spend an enormous amount of time with the people to better tell their stories.”

Which is evident from the authentic and insightful stories included in 360 Review. It’s high on content, low on advertising — in fact, there is none — just breathtaking photos, intriguing stories and easy to read graphics and caricatures soliciting your attention.

The cover of the inaugural issue of the 360 Review Magazine

The cover of the inaugural issue of the 360 Review Magazine

360 Review presents in-depth inquiry, analysis and reflection on important issues, trends and events happening in and affecting this region, such as energy, agriculture, finance, culture and faith, which also includes the Bakken — ground zero of the shale revolution,” explained McCloskey, who earned a BA in Philosophy and English from Carlton University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He also served as press secretary for the Minister of Agriculture and Agra Food Canada. “Unlike the typical higher education magazine, 360 Review is not about the university, but uses the university’s intellectual capital and outside journalists to write long-form stories.”

Some of the most notable and acclaimed national writers contributing to 360 Review include, Samuel Freedman, Mark Mills, Josh Schonwald and Reverend Tadeusz Pacholczyk. Freedman is the author of seven books, a columnist on religion for the New York Times and a professor of journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Mills, who writes a tech column for Forbes, is a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, a Faculty Fellow in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and CEO of the Digital Power Group. Schonwald is an award-winning Chicago food writer and author with his work appearing in the New York TimesWashington PostSlate and the Wall Street Journal. Pacholczyk serves as the director of education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center and is an adjunct professor of Bioethics at the University of Mary. Fr. Pacholczyk earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University and did post-doctoral research at Harvard University.

Jerry Anderson (left), Patrick McCloskey (right) pictured overlooking the majestic Missouri River Valley

Jerry Anderson (left), Patrick McCloskey (right) pictured overlooking the majestic Missouri River Valley

When covering energy, agriculture, finance, culture and faith — all issues that mean so much to this region — writing alone can’t possibly tell the whole story. What’s needed is an artist with the eye of a photojournalist and with a finger not only on the camera’s shutter-release button, but also on the pulse of North Dakota and surrounding area. Jerry Anderson, an award-winning photographer and art director at the University of Mary, is the triggerman behind the lens and the graphic designer behind the layout of 360 Review.

“I would call the images I have made for 360 Review ‘documentary photography,’” stated Anderson, who has had photos published in the New York TimesNewsweekU.S. News & World Report and America 24/7. “The role of the documentary photographer is to witness, to be involved with his subject and to convey some form of information. So my approach has always been to live and photograph in the middle of the story and respond to what I see at the moment. I also aspire to make photos that capture the viewers attention and may even be beautiful.”

That attention-grabbing moment happens instantly once the 360 Review magazine cover catches someone’s eye. First, the striking photo captures the attention, and then its feel and substance entices the reader to go even further and open the magazine.

“We were looking for a cover image that expressed the idea of taking a long look, of getting the lay of the land,” added Anderson. “We wanted something that was simultaneously unusual and iconic. Research led us to some old historic photos of cowboys and Native Americans on the open prairie, standing on their horses while scouting and we decided to create a modern take on that idea. In North Dakota we are all still pretty close to the land, and our alumni director, Paul Keeney, knew the perfect model for the photo, Jay Doan, of Blackleg Ranch in rural Burleigh County. Jay’s amazing skills, a beautiful location on the Blackleg Ranch and a typical North Dakota sunset made the photo possible.”

Typical may be used to describe a majestic North Dakota sunset at the backdrop of a cowboy on his horse on the Northern Great Plains, but it doesn’t begin to characterize the 360 Review magazine — a storehouse of stories sought to provide information and intellectual armament — which has the look and feel of a book.

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