Alumni

Pick up a popular national magazine or newspaper and you may well read the words of a magazine graduate. Our alumni are producing content for major U.S. print and online publications, as well as niche magazines and global publishers. Here, a few of our best and brightest field questions about their professional careers and Newhouse experience.

Erin Hobday '03

Current position: Managing editor, Self magazine

Changes in the industry since graduation? Branding is a big buzzword. Magazine ‘brands’have websites, books, TV shows, and more. Editors have to be versatile and think about their stories and content on multiple platforms.

Most important skill used today? I use my writing skills all the time when I’m working on a manuscript, and I use my reporting skills every day. Health-related journalism is so science based that I often research and report studies or interview experts to make a story better.

Favorite memory of Newhouse? I met my husband in NEWS 205!

Advice for current students? I got my start in magazines by taking a job as a reporter (read: fact checker) for Men’s Health magazine. Be willing to do whatever you can in the workplace you want to be a part of—running errands, answering phones, copy editing, researching—and then do it well. You’ll get your foot in the door and learn more about the business.

Pete Thamel '99

Current position: Senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Changes in the industry since graduation? The print industry has changed drastically since I graduated in 1999. The entire media world has been overhauled by online journalism, smart phones and social media. At the same time, the same tenets of good journalism haven't changed. Relentless reporting, clear writing and a keen story sense transcend all changes in media and platforms.

Most important skills used today? The basic skills are still the most important ones, whether I'm tweeting or writing a 3,000 word magazine article. Knowing how to thoroughly report a story, self-edit it and mold it into the best version. It still all comes down to basics—the extra phone calls, double checking and trusting sources like Lexis Nexis over Google. Always keep digging.

Favorite memories of Newhouse? My favorite memories of Newhouse were the relationships that I built with my professors. They always pushed me to write better, edit more gracefully and show a value and respect for each and every written word. I carry with me today. The writing professors in Newhouse spanned such diverse career paths—from major magazine editors to White House Correspondents. I truly enjoyed picking their brains and learning from their experiences.

Advice for current students? The best advice I can give current students is that everything you possibly need for a career is available to you at Syracuse. The same knuckleheads in my Newhouse classes that I bellied up to the bar with at Faegan's are ESPN broadcasts, public relations executives and some of the country's most distinguished print journalists. It’s easy to get intimidated by the economy, landing your first job and all the unknowns of post-college life. There are resources available to you—print mediums like The Daily Orange, television and radio outlets—to gain the basic skill sets you need to thrive in post-college life. Take advantage of these resources now, as they will expedite your career path exponentially.

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