Fortune Reporter Michal Lev-Ram Recalls Studying Journalism at SF State

Friday, October 02, 2020

FORTUNE -- As a Journalism major in the early 2000s, I had two options: newspaper track or magazine track. I chose the latter. The dean of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University at the time had regaled us students with stories of editing Hunter S. Thompson’s work at Rolling Stone, and it all sounded much more exciting than covering city hall meetings for a daily. (An aside: I also passed on an optional “online journalism” class because, you know, why take a course I didn’t need in order to graduate?)

Fast forward about 20 years and this dichotomy — newspaper or magazine — sounds painfully outdated. Not only do we have so many other categories within media, but the delineations between all of these classifications have blurred.