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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications​

Showcase your talent and develop your skill as a writer and editor through realistic assignments that require extensive research and reporting.

While you learn the rudiments of good magazine writing, you’ll bring out your individual style as you craft a story through scene description, dialogue, anecdotes, and other vehicles for drawing a reader into a story.

You’ll also learn how to write and edit for multiple platforms, both print and the ever-expanding variety of online media. You’ll have the opportunity to develop audio-visual skills in graphic design, as well as expand your social media abilities.

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About Newhouse

Long recognized as one of the elite schools of mass communication, Newhouse embraces virtually every known form of information dissemination. Programs are rooted in the liberal arts while you learn how to manage and produce for the mass media and other areas of public communications.

Learn more about the magazine program.


Sample courses for magainze majors include:

  • An Introduction: Editorial, Ethics, and the Business of Magazines
  • Social Media for Communicators
  • Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media
  • Web Journalism and Innovation
  • Magazine Article Writing
  • Magazine Editing
  • Critical Writing
  • Multimedia Projects

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Practical Experience

  • Newhouse faculty work closely with you, critiquing your work in detail and sharing their own expertise gleaned at national magazines, newspapers, and websites. Your senior capstone project will be the embodiment of your hard work in the form of a magazine or writing portfolio.
  • Your skills will grow as you become involved in any of the 18 student-run campus magazines, where you can create magazine content focusing on popular culture, music, fashion, social issues, food, sports, health, travel, and more. You’ll be encouraged to pursue professional internships at national magazines to set the stage for your future success in a competitive field.
  • Magazine majors often spend a semester in the Newhouse in New York City program and have interned at publications such as, Martha Stewart WeddingsNew York MagazineHGTV Magazine, and Elle.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the Bill Glavin Magazine Trip, spending three days in New York City mingling with editors at top magazines, networking with alumni, receiving resume critiques, and attending panel discussions with experts.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Students studying magazine most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, Santiago, and Strasbourg, and to World Partner programs UPCES at Charles University (Prague) and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest may include Race, Gender, and the Media (London), and Travel Writing and Multimedia in Madrid.

Life After Syracuse University

As a Newhouse graduate with a magazine major, you can explore such careers as:

  • Mobile and emerging platforms editor
  • Digital journalist
  • Sports writer
  • Style and beauty director
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Social media editor
  • Managing editor
  • Staff writer

With the help of the Newhouse Career Development Center, which offers career support to Newhouse students and alumni, over 80% of Newhouse graduates are employed within six months of graduation.