Welcome to The Contemporary Magazine
Welcome to the website for JOUR 500 The Contemporary Magazine, a course in San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department taught by Associate Professor Rachele Kanigel.
In this course we’ll explore all aspects of magazine publishing, including the history of the industry; new developments, such as digital and tablet publishing; audience development; editorial content; design; production; distribution; business plan writing; and alternative revenue models. This semester, we’ll hear from a number of leaders and innovators in the magazine publishing field, including:
- Pooja Bhatia, deputy editor of OZY
- Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief of San Francisco Magazine
- Jim Fingal, Christa Hartsock, Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, founders of the forthcoming magazine Logic and designer Xiaowei Wang
- Matt Saincome, SFSU journalism grad and founder of The Hard Times
This course goes beyond theory and study; the most important aspect will be the final group project. For much of the semester students will work in teams to create a launch plan and prototype for a new publication. You’ll also have opportunities to meet and network with magazine professionals on your own. Start thinking of a Bay Area magazine you’d like to delve into.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of magazine publishing and get a taste of what it’s like to be a media entrepreneur!