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Welcome to the companion website for Magazine Writing. In this comprehensive, up-to-date introduction, students will learn everything from the initial story pitch all the way through to the final production, taking with them the essential tools and skills they will need for today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

Written by two experienced writers and editors, Magazine Writing teaches the time-tested rules for good writing alongside the modern tools for digital storytelling.

What you’ll find on this website:


  • Annotated Stories that offer commentary and analysis of already-published articles.
  • Links to Web Resources, by chapter.
  • Suggested Readings for each chapter.


  • Suggested Assignments that provide both in-class and out-of-class student activities, encouraging engagement through hands-on learning and debate.

Webpage materials prepared by Christopher D. Benson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.