The Story Behind the Face of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Article ID: 584144

Released: 19-Dec-2011 8:30 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Ithaca College

  • Ithaca College sophomore Cady Lang

Newswise — When Time magazine unveiled its issue naming “The Protester” as person of the year, illustrating the cover was an image of an anonymous protester wearing a hat and with a bandana obscuring her face. It was soon learned that her name was Sarah Mason, a 25 year old who had set up camp as part of the Occupy Los Angeles movement.

When the media wanted to know more about the inspiration for this iconic image, many of them turned to 360 Magazine, which contained an extensive interview with Mason conducted prior to Time’s use of her image.

The article can be read at

Produced by students at Ithaca (NY) College, 360 Magazine focuses each issue on a particular theme. The subject of the most recent issue—debt—included the article by Cady Lang, who interviewed Mason about the motivation behind her involvement in Occupy L.A.

A sophomore journalism major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Lang serves as an editor for 360 Magazine and has also written for Ithaca College publications Buzzsaw Magazine and The Ithacan. She serves on the executive board of the Asian American Alliance student organization and volunteers locally with the Family Reading Partnership, Longview Literary Circle, and South Hill Elementary School.


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