Specialize in magazine writing and editing at Northwestern UniversityBy Medill NU Sep 28, 2011 4:06AM UTC
This concentration is for students who are captivated by the power of storytelling and strong narrative journalism and are unabashed fans of the magazine form. The Magazine Writing and Editing track is also for students who are intent on combining strong writing skills with the editing and business savvy that will allow them to succeed in the industry, or to launch their own magazine publishing venture in digital and print formats.
Students first concentrate on basic journalism skills and then specialize with classes that train them to understand the unique audience-centered, curated-content approach of the magazine form. Through intensive writing and editing courses they gain experience in writing for specific audiences with the appropriate tone and narrative. They steep themselves in information about how the industry works, from an editorial, digital and business perspective.
Students learn how to manage or oversee magazine content — understanding both current print formats as well as digital platforms and the booming opportunities for magazine content with digital formats, mobile applications and more.
Students also learn how to be successful magazine writers, including how to pitch and frame stories. Working alongside faculty who maintain strong connections in the magazine industry, they pursue many of their pieces all the way to publication in national and local magazines.