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Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism

Our program immerses master's students in the professional world of writing well-crafted stories on deadline.

The magazine, newspaper and online journalism program (MNO) prepares students for the journalism industry. You will learn to write, report, design and edit across communications platforms and create content on par with professionals working in the field today.

What is the focus of the program?

Our one-year, writing- and editing-focused program will prepare you to make a contribution to any publication. You will take courses in:

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • Editing
  • Web and graphic design
  • Research
  • Communications law
  • Other courses cover web innovation; political and urban affairs; sports reporting; new media business; travel writing; designing interactivity; and photography.

Learn more about the magazine, newspaper and digital journalism curriculum.

What will I do and experience as an MNO master’s student?

We pride ourselves on innovation and engaging class work. Our professors work hard to make sure the time you spend in the classroom is time well spent. It’s here that you are provided the skills and institutional knowledge of the industry that will prepare you for the field. Here are some other opportunities you may experience and take advantage of as an MNO graduate student at Newhouse:

  • Intern at a local media outlet, such as, The Utica Observer-Dispatch or Syracuse New Times.
  • Write and create multimedia stories for The NewsHouse, the school's online newsmagazine.
  • Write stories for an on-campus, student-run publication, including The Daily Orange, Jerk or What the Health magazines, among others.
  • Attend the Magazine Department Speaker Series, where students get up close and personal with leading magazine writers and editors. Recent guests include Damarys Perez Ocana, executive director of Latina magazine; Matt Stopera, senior editor at BuzzFeed; and Norie Quintos, executive director of National Geographic Traveler.
  • Learn from professors with experience at USA Today, Real Simple, Cooking Light, New York magazine, GQ, Spin magazine, Parents magazine and The Washington Post.
  • Complete a capstone project that will be one of three challenging projects: create and launch a magazine issue and website; work on enterprise reporting projects; or complete a professional internship and research paper.

Where are recent graduates working and what are they doing?

Most of our graduates begin their careers as entry-level editors at magazines, as reporters or editors at medium or large newspapers and their partner websites or at online publications. Here are a few examples of where our graduates are working today:

  • Associate producer for Sports Illustrated,
  • Associate copy editor for BuzzFeed
  • Designer for Gannett Design Studio
  • Freelance reporter for Newsday
  • Assistant fashion editor for Men’s Health magazine
  • Associate digital producer for Discovery Communications
  • Reporter for InStyle magazine

Learn more about our employment statistics and alumni.

How can I apply?

Deadlines and details on how to apply are available in the Admissions section of this website. Questions? Email or call 315-443-4039.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about the program?

See our in-depth master’s program FAQ or contact program director Melissa Chessher at or 315-443-4038. You may also contact the graduate admissions office at or 315-443-4039.

What else do we offer?

The Newhouse School also offers Communications@Syracuse, an online master of science in communications with a specialization in journalism innovation