For journalism graduates and non-majors alike, Northwestern’s student publications scene is rife with opportunities. Whether it’s because NU has the highest ranked journalism school in the country or because the students have a great passion for writing, there is a wide variety of options for writers of all experience levels and of competence.
Each of the 19 publications on campus has its own style, voice and purpose. The process of choosing which one to join can be overwhelming, so we’re here to walk you through the different options (and of course, plug in our own, The Daily Northwestern).
As the school’s only black student magazine, the publication offers a perspective of the black community on campus. Its slogan, “Ubuntu”, is the symbol of a unified black community with the aim of honoring diverse identities.
NU asian magazine
As the second of two ethnicity-related publications, NUAZN publishes approximately twice a year with an emphasis on Asian-American stories. Past acts include a retro and counter-culture issue as well as a food issue. The publication is also part of the Asian Pacific American Coalition at NU.
The national publication’s NU chapter features stories for women focused on lifestyle, entertainment and counseling. Magazine staff write in a relaxed tone to ensure readability and connection with the audience.
Northwestern Information Network
NNN is the only campus-based news network and has received numerous accolades, including several Chicago Midwest Emmy awards. They have both a sporting and political segment, catering to a wide variety of interests. The organization offers plenty of opportunities in front of and behind the camera, including anchor and production.
Tune your radio to 89.3 FM and listen to NU’s own radio station. Between carefully curated musical selections and students hosting their own shows, WNUR strives to highlight under-represented music.
WNUR also publishes a magazine focused exclusively on music once a quarter. Wavelength emphasizes the artist, with numerous articles consisting of interviews with various musicians and groups.
Scene + Heard
Founded in 2014, the magazine is NU’s premier artistic and cultural publication. It focuses on the Chicago arts scene and the magazine covers everything from movies and TV to food.
Founded in 1980, the artistic and literary journal is one of the oldest publications on campus. The organization publishes a combination of prose, poetry and art, including music by local artists. If you would describe yourself as artistic, Helicon is perfect for you.
As NU’s first fashion publication, STITCH just celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. The former writers have become the current editors of Vogue and Teen Vogue and sometimes return to speak to the staff. Under the motto “Set Fashion Free”, STITCH publishes a quarterly magazine with photo shoots and editorial content.
Spoon U is the NU chapter of the national food-focused publication. Their most recent issue, “From Farm to Table,” featured recipes and interviews with food influencers. Perfect for the self-described foodie!
In our nature
One of the smaller campus publications, In Our Nature focuses on environmental journalism. Also founded in 2014, the publication seeks to “fill the void” of an environmental approach at Medill.
Inside the NU
Describing itself as a “community of the Northwestern Wildcats,” Inside NU of SB Nation is home to all things NU sports. Incorporating both the voices of current athletes and aspiring sports journalists, Inside NU reporters rarely miss a Cats game.
Northwestern Undergraduate Law Journal
Although it was only founded in 2019, the NULJ generated a lot of interest on campus. The journal deals with legal topics in order to promote scholarly debate and analysis through articles of at least 20 pages.
Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal
This publication is the only peer-reviewed and faculty-reviewed journal of undergraduate research on campus. It highlights the research of students and faculty in all fields of study, from psychology to performance studies.
Northwest Business Review
NBR is part of NU’s largest business organization, the Institute for Student Business Education, and publishes career, finance and technology content. The organization is perfect for those interested in the intersection of journalism and economics, with many of the current staff being majors in economics.
The reverse of the northwest
No campus would be complete without a satirical publication, and Flipside is one of us. Between poking fun at national events and campus-related humor, Flipside has it all. Try your hand at “Ask Flippy,” a column that may (not) have all the answers to your burning questions.
Describing itself as “obnoxious,” Sherman Ave is the second satirical publication on campus. The media site has a series of guides for freshmen (but beware: you may not want to follow this) and a tips section.
North by northwest
NBN is one of two general interest print publications on campus. The magazine uses a more familiar voice and covers everything from news and sports to opinion and entertainment, delivering content online every week as well as a quarterly print magazine. No initiation or application process is required, and everyone is welcome to write an article or a hundred for the highly regarded post.
The Northwest Daily
It’s us! As the second of two general interest print publications, The Daily is the University and Evanston’s premier newspaper. We’ve been around since 1881, making us the oldest publication on campus and in the city. Between our print and multimedia offices, our coverage is wide, from campus events to the great Evanston community. We post full content five days a week, in our newsroom at Norris University Center.
Come join us! If we’re not your cup of tea, try one of the other 18 posts, and one is sure to satisfy your writing and / or production aspirations.
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