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Discus: College Search and Selection: April 2004 Archive: Journalism/Magazine
By Captainrozenbao (Captainrozenbao) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 03:31 pm: Edit

My sort of "dream job" would be to work in a magazine (maybe editor?), so I'm guessing a journalism major is the way to go? The problem is that everything I've read into so far has been focused on journalism for newspapers or tv or whatnot. I'd love to go to NYU, but I'm worried there isnt anything specific to magazines available. What should I take then in order to be on the right track?

By Platelet (Platelet) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 04:37 pm: Edit

NYU actually has a magazine course of study within the journalism major. You can read more about it here -

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 12:48 am: Edit

It's not necessary to major in "magazine journalism" in order to write for magazines. Take it from someone who is a freelance magazine journalist. What you do need are good journalism skills and strong research and interviewing skills. Good luck.

By Fakeplastictree (Fakeplastictree) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 01:41 am: Edit

It seems like the neverending question for high school journalists is, "Should I major in journalism?"
As someone who has asked this question frequently to guidance counselors and journalists, I've heard so many different things...many have told me that a bachelor's degree in journalism is necessary, while others tell me to major in something else, and then go to grad school. Others say that you are hired based on samples (not majors) and then having a specialty devloped from a specific major (political science, art history, etc.) is more helpful.
I decided that I would rather keep my options open, since I'm not sure if I want to be a journalist anymore. I'm attending Vassar next year, which doesn't have a journalism program, but I plan to major in English.

What's your two cents?

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 12:39 pm: Edit

Vassar will be fine for any future career in journalism - The publishing industry recognizes the quality of a Vassar English degree so don't worry. However, I would suggest you try to do things like line up internships and write for the student newspaper - having a portfolio of published writing samples will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting your first job.

I went to a liberal arts school at first planning to major in English. HOWEVER, after two years I transferred to Syracuse's communications school because the particular school I attended first did not have a strong writing program. I've never regretted that decision - actually majoring in communications/journalism gave me "hands on" skills and experience that I simply wouldn't have had as a straight English major. That basic foundation has helped me throughout my career --- but it's just as possible to get that foundation in a graduate journalism program as well.

However, there's a caveat - some schools have relatively weak "communications" programs where the emphasis is more on the theory of communications than on actually writing, editing and producing finished products. If given a choice between a school with a weak or theory-oriented communications program and a school where there was a strong English program with lots of writing options, I'd suggest the latter. I think Vassar will fit that bill nicely.

Good luck!

By Smeralda (Smeralda) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 06:32 am: Edit

Hi Carolyn!!! It seems that you are a specialist for all journalism matters...I therefore hope you can answer my questions: I know you are a newhouse alum so your comments are very important for me. I got accepted to Newhouse and BU for a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism.
1. As I am an international student who travelled extensively and lived most of my life in large metropoles, I wonder if I can adapt to Syracuse's small town life! Bu would be much easier since its a cosmopolitan city. What do you think?
2. Newhouse's graduate program requires one to take a few radio classes... Since the program only lasts one year, I feel that I would waste some time taking classes that I don not like. Bu on the cntrary has a much more liberal approach. The curriculum is more flexible. What can you say being an alumn?
3. Is the social life that bad?!?!?!?!?
4. Let's summarize it: BU vs SU... I have to take a decision pretty soon!!! Help me!!!!
Thank you so muchhhhhh!!!!!

By Captainrozenbao (Captainrozenbao) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 05:02 pm: Edit

I checked the site (, and there's definitely a lot of info, so thanks!

But I also noticed that all that is for graduate students. What should I take as an undergrad? It says on the NYU site that undergrad journalism majors need to have another major (or minor) as does anybody have any suggestions? What should I do about my majors as an undergrad in order to focus on journalism in magazines as a grad student? (What about an English major as an undergrad, and then a journalism/magazine major as a grad?)

I was also wondering what you majored're obviously very successful and know your stuff, so if the journalism major thing doesnt work out, then I'd definitely like to have a good idea of an alternate route to take. Thanks!

By Fakeplastictree (Fakeplastictree) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 06:57 pm: Edit

Thank you, Carolyn. Very helpful, as always.

By Chocolate99 (Chocolate99) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 09:48 pm: Edit

cyarcuse, has a great magazine journalism progrom with a major specifiically in magazine journalism

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