They say print is dead and that young people will only read articles online. Tell that to UCLA student Lucia Tran. The 18-year-old freshman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Zooey–a print lifestyle magazine with national distribution through Barnes and Noble. Tran has a nice profile in The Daily Bruin.
When Tran was 14 she started the online mag Inspire. Two years later she went analog, creating a print product she renamed Zooey, in honor of the J.D. Salinger book Franny and Zooey. She started the mag with a $10,000 dollar loan from relatives and now brings in $40,000 annually two years later. She has staffers in LA, New York and Oklahoma.
Very impressive, to say the least. Tran will speak about her business tonight at 7:30 at UCLA. More info here.
Folio magazine also profiled Tran and her accomplishments last month.