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2017–2018: Jessica Brofsky & Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson 2016–2017: Jagravi Dave & Aurora Rojer 2015–2016: Yana Makuwa & Katie O'Brien 2015: Nate Coderre 2014–2015: Kaitlyn Tiffany 2013–2014: Gina Cargas 2012–2013: Catherine Schrage & Rebecca Ochs (fall); Rebecca Ochs & Meaghan McSorley (spring) 2011–2012: James Fairbrother 2010–2011: Kathleen Jercich & Helen Havlak 2009–2010: Rachel Louise Ensign 2008–2009: Peter Fritch 2006–2008: Robert Ochshorn 2006–2007: D. Evan Mulvihill 2003–2006: Samantha Henig

Kitsch is a semesterly magazine produced by students of Cornell University. It prints feature journalism, fiction, opinions, art, and miscellaneous shorter pieces; one of its taglines reads: "Where fact and fiction meet." The relatively unrestricted scope of the publication ensures that any thought-provoking topic may be considered for a feature.[1]

Kitsch was founded in January 2003 by two then-freshmen at Cornell, Katie Jentleson and Samantha Henig.[2] Jentleson and Henig had both been highly involved in feature journalism at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Upon arriving at Cornell in the fall of 2002, they found themselves underwhelmed at the university's journalism scene, which consisted mainly of The Cornell Daily Sun and a large number of poetry magazines. Jentleson and Henig perceived a need for a publication "falling on the line between [them]."[3] In the second semester of their freshman year, they established Kitsch to fill this gap, and published the first issue for release on Cornell's campus in the spring of 2003. It featured a mix of articles about life on campus, life off-campus, and entertainment, as well as a collection of fiction, art, and photography. Similarly-structured issues were produced during each of the next four semesters.

In the fall of 2005, Jentleson and Henig became concerned about the future of the publication. Both founders were to graduate from Cornell and had no clear successors to keep the publication active. A strong recruitment effort during the fall semester of 2005 yielded over a dozen new members to the staff of Kitsch, primarily from the class of 2009, ensuring the survival of the publication. After Jentleson and Henig graduated, the position of co-editors-in-chief was passed to Robert Ochshorn and D. Evan Mulvihill, both class of 2009. Notably, Ochshorn, as the former editor-in-chief of the Ithaca High School Tattler, had been a central figure in that publication's 2005 controversy, in which a group of students sued the Ithaca City School District, alleging unconstitutional censorship of the Tattler.

Three major changes to the magazine were announced for the fall semester of 2007. First, the magazine began to sell advertisements for local businesses. Second, the staff reached out to interested students at Ithaca College and worked to make Kitsch a production of both institutions.[4] Third, the internal editorial structure of the magazine was overhauled, replacing the loose and centralized system of editing helmed by Jentleson and Henig with one organized into sections according to topic, with individual sub-editors for each. These sections include:

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