About the course
This is the companion website for JOUR 500 The Contemporary Magazine, a journalism course at San Francisco State University taught by Associate Professor Rachele Kanigel.
In this course students explore all aspects of magazine publishing and work in teams to create a launch plan and prototype for a new magazine.
Several students who have taken this class have gone on to start their own publications. Liquid Bread, an online publication about craft beer, and Muni Diaries, an independent website about the ups and downs of San Francisco’s public-transit system, grew out of projects for this class.
About the professor
Rachele Kanigel was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and has written and edited for regional and national magazines, including Time, Health, San Francisco, Natural Health, People, Reader’s Digest, Yoga Journal and Prevention. She was involved in two magazine start-ups: as an intern and then an associate editor for Metro Magazine the year it was founded and as editor-in-chief of BusinessWoman magazine (alas, like many magazines they are both defunct). She is a frequent contributor to MediaShift, writing about journalism and journalism education. In 2014, she wrote an article about the course for MediaShift. She has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.