The Class

Journalism 540, Magazine Writing, is open to all journalistic disciplines in USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The goal is to teach upper division and graduate students the in’s and out’s of writing freelance for American magazines, about the current state of the magazine industry, and about the basics of working with sources and editors.

The course also emphasizes writing in-depth profiles, short features and trend and issue-oriented articles with the goal of helping students develop online portfolios to showcase their writing skills.

The Professor

Associate Professor Cecile S. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and author.

Now a full-time educator, she spent more than 20 years working professionally in newspapers and magazines. She still writes professionally for a cross section of publications. Her features and profile stories have been published in print and online lifestyle and travel publications.

A former full-time religion editor, her work also has been published in the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times, and by Religion News Service and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.