Lorenzo Arguello G'11

April 27, 2017

“I felt fully prepared for a career in web journalism when I graduated.”

Lorenzo Arguello G'11 graduated from Newhouse with a degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism (MNO). He is currently a producer for SI.com, Sports Illustrated’s website.


How did you obtain your current position?

I moved to New York City for an internship at Business Insider in January 2012. Once that ended in September, I spent four months networking and applying to jobs. One of my contacts, Mallory Rubin '08, was the college football producer at SI.com at the time. I met with her for coffee right when SI was hiring for many web producing positions. Two weeks later—and only one and a half months into a part-time position with Major League Baseball—I accepted a full-time offer from Sports Illustrated.

What are your job responsibilities?

My responsibilities include producing the homepage (SI.com), managing the daily and weekly budgets for the entire website and coordinating with different departments—video, social, specific sports producers, magazine editorial staff—on all of our big stories and breaking news. I also manage relationships with outside content partners, work with developers and engineers to improve and fix our content management system, website and app.

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your current job? 

I came to Newhouse with a very basic, self-taught understanding of web journalism, so I focused my courses on writing, editing and producing for the web. That included anything from Jon Glass’s class, to web design, to even a class in the iSchool. I felt fully prepared for a career in web journalism when I graduated.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

I applied to five universities for graduate school, but only visited Syracuse. About a half day into preview weekend in the spring of 2010, I knew I did not need to bother visiting anywhere else.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse.

The MNO capstone was valuable on two fronts. First, it exposed me to the detailed and exhaustive editing and fact checking aspect of magazine publishing. Second, I found out what my strengths and weaknesses were as a manager by being part of the team leading our project.

Is there a professor or class that you would recommend?

Anything taught by Jon Glass. You’ll really get a sense of what it’s like to work in the field right now.

Best on-campus memory or activity?

Being at the Carrier Dome for the Villanova-Syracuse game when the REAL Big East was still a thing in January 2011. Having come from an undergraduate school that cared more about football, it was awesome to be part of such an enormous crowd for a basketball game (even though Syracuse lost and our seats were WAAAY up there).

What advice do you have for current or incoming students?

Take classes that sound interesting and do all the extracurricular activities you’ll enjoy instead of going after “clips” or what looks good on a resume.