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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 classes dealing with subjects ranging from popular culture and the arts to politics and investigative reporting. 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.) 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 Week, writing about criminal courts and reporting on the city’s ever-changing neighborhoods, from immigrant sub-cultures to raucous night life.
Magazine students try every type of journalism – deadline-driven hard news stories, profiles, in-depth features, personal essays, opinion articles and reader-service pieces. The magazine program has incorporated photography, videography and social media as part of the required reporting courses.
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, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vogue and Vanity Fair are often guest lecturers.
Our professors work closely with students to improve and polish their work, and many articles originally written as class assignments have been published. In recent years, NYU students – while studying in the magazine program – have published stories in the on-line or print editions of The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Runner’s World, Elle, Wired, ESPN Magazine, Marie-Claire, Outside, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, Salon, Time Out New York, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Huffington Post, Field & Stream, Newsday and the New York Daily News.
NYU magazine graduate students have landed full-time jobs in recent years at: GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, New York magazine, The L Magazine, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Details, Women’s Wear Daily, ESPN Magazine, Forbes, Institutional Investor, Time Out New York, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Fashionista, The Atlantic Monthly, Men’s Health, Oprah, The New York Observer, Talking Points Memo, Mashable, Ad Age, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Village Voice, Deadspin, Law 360, Fox News, MTV News and School Library Journal.
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.
QUESTIONS? Please feel free to contact Meryl Gordon, the director of the magazine program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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