Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University

Whether printed on glossy paper or lovingly laid out on-line, magazines continue to offer the best examples of in-depth reporting, stylish writing and meticulously edited stories. NYU's magazine program is premised on the belief that mastering the traditional skills required to produce great journalism will remain essential in a constantly evolving media culture. We offer a wealth of reporting and writing classes dealing with subjects ranging from food and fashion to politics and sports. The program enthusiastically embraces new technologies, with an emphasis on visual story-telling through video and photography.

Many of the greatest magazine writers have been generalists (A.J. Liebling writing about everything from boxing to press criticism or Calvin Trillin describing his obsession with barbecue as well as covering the civil rights movement.) That is why the magazine program is designed for students interested in a wide array of topics. In our first-semester Reporting and Writing seminar, students learn about New York's glamorous and gritty worlds: covering Fashion Night Out, writing about criminal courts and reporting on the city’s ever-changing neighborhoods, from immigrant sub-cultures to raucous night life.

Magazine students try their hands at every type of journalism – deadline driven hard news stories, profiles, in-depth features, personal essays, opinion articles and reader-service pieces.

Manhattan is the magazine capital of the country, and that brings obvious benefits to NYU graduate students that are difficult to replicate anywhere else. Our career development staff helps match students with top-notch editorial internships. Writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, GQ and Vanity Fair are often guest lecturers. In recent years, NYU students – while studying in the magazine program – have published stories in the on-line or print editions of The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Elle, Wired, ESPN  Magazine, Marie-Claire, Field & Stream, Newsday and the New York Daily News.

NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has  partnered with The New York Times to publish the on-line site, The Local East Village, covering 100 blocks in our neighborhood. Magazine students are encouraged to take a class devoted solely to reporting, blogging, taking photos and making videos for this exciting new site.

The magazine program has incorporated seminars in photography and videography as part of the required reporting courses. Magazine students can take elective classes in radio, documentary film-making and new media at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

No one can predict the shape of journalism in 20 years, but important journalistic qualities will endure. The magazine program remains passionately committed to teaching our students to become creative, quirky, informative and entertaining writers,  and curious, thorough and insightful reporters, a combination of skills that will always be in demand.


Applications are due by January 4th for students seeking to enroll the following September. Late applications will be considered if space is available.

Magazine Bylines


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    Ted Conover
    Ted Conover is the author of five books, most recently The Routes of Man, about roads, and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, an account of his ten months spent working as a corrections officer at New York's Sing Sing Prison.

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    Mitchell Stephens
    Mitchell Stephens is the author of A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." His latest book, the rise of the...

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    Meryl Gordon
    Meryl Gordon is the Director of Magazine Writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is the author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach, published in December 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and...

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    Robert S. Boynton
    Robert S. Boynton is the director of NYU's Literary Reportage concentration. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University.

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    Rob Brunner
    Rob Brunner was an editor and writer at Entertainment Weekly and for 16 years, most recently as Editor-at-Large. He has served as EW’s music editor, lead book critic and TV- and movie-review-section editor, and he was the launch editor of’s Music Mix blog.

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    Jeff Giles
    Jeff Giles is the Deputy Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he oversees movies and books coverage. Prior to EW, he spent more than a decade as an arts writer and editor at Newsweek, where he profiled Kate Winslet, Julia...

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    Brooke Kroeger
    Brooke Kroeger directs Global and Joint Program Studies and is the faculty liaison for Bedford + Bowery, the collaborative community news and culture site of NYU Journalism and New York Magazine. She was department chair from 2005-2011 and the Arthur L.

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    Nick Marino
    Nick Marino co-edits the front of book for GQ. He previously ran front-of-book sections for Men's Health and Paste, and has written for Entertainment Weekly, Outside, The Boston Globe, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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    Pamela Newkirk
    Pamela Newkirk is the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, (New York University Press, 2000), which was awarded the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism.

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    Michael Norman
    Michael Norman, is the co-author of TEARS IN THE DARKNESS: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath (2009), a work of narrative non-fiction that was on the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks and was...

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    Mary W. Quigley
    Mary W. Quigley is a journalist who writes about adult children as well as women and work issues. Her blog,, tackles parenting emerging adults and beyond.  Her most recent book is Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide (St.

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    Michael Solomon
    Michael Solomon is the editor of ForbesLife. Previously, he was executive editor at Byliner, the features director of The Daily Beast, and the editor-in-chief of Premiere magazine.

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    Carol Sternhell
    Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books.

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    Tunku Varadarajan
    Tunku Varadarajan, a former editor of Newsweek International, is the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow in Journalism at Stanford's Hoover Institution and a writer-at-large at The Daily Beast.