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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medill looking for in applicants for the magazine specialization?

Do you admire writers who have mastered long-form narrative journalism? Are you interested in learning more about the journey that starts with an idea and ends with a thoughtfully produced magazine piece? Are you drawn to storytelling? If so, this could be the right specialization for you.

What if I have no background in magazine journalism?

You don’t need to be a prolific, experienced writer to pursue this specialization. The immersive Medill experience allows you to learn and grow as you master narrative journalism techniques and develop your voice as a writer. From your first day, you’ll gain inside knowledge of the industry and what it takes to succeed in the magazine business, an evolving world that includes print and multimedia. As long as you have the determination and ability to delve into this specialization, you will gain experience that will lead to many opportunities throughout your career.

What career opportunities will be available when I graduate?

There’s a growing need for content producers and curators who can form many elements into a cohesive concept. As you learn how to do that at Medill, you’ll have opportunities to see your clips published; upon graduation, you’ll have a professional portfolio that provides evidence of your skills. Make personal connections with alumni who visit campus and proactively reach out to those who work at organizations you’re targeting in your job search. You’ll find helpful alumni throughout Medill’s network.