The Pacific Sentinel is Portland State’s student-run monthly magazine. The Sentinel was started in December 2015 as a merger between The Rearguard, an alternative newspaper to The Vanguard, and Spectrum, a monthly magazine. We are inspired by publications such as The New Yorker and The Atlantic. We offer relevant news, social commentary, as well as thoughts and opinions about culture, politics, and life in the modern era. We care about truth.

The Pacific Sentinel offers an inclusive forum incorporating in-depth content from students within the PSU community. The Sentinel advocates on behalf of the marginalized, explores the merits of cultural artifacts, and initiates interdisciplinary communication.

PS provides a unique opportunity to learn what it is like to work within a journalistic publication. We offer students the ability to express themselves and learn how to craft effective writing capable of launching careers in societal commentary and ethical reporting. At PS students learn what it is like to work with editorial staff to craft engaging pieces of professional writing through our platform. PS uplifts student voices to engage in and further the modern socio-political and cultural dialogues.


The Pacific Sentinel is currently accepting applications for our editorial staff positions and contributors. We’re always looking for writers, designers, photographers, and illustrators to help us make the magazine even better.

Positions are for Portland State University undergraduate students taking at least 6 credits at PSU with a 2.5 institutional GPA and graduate students taking at least 5 credits with a 3.0 institutional GPA.

We are always accepting applications for writers, photographers, designers, and illustrators: Fill out our contributor application form here!