Category: print

Recently at PBS MediaShift: Visualizing the Discouraging Realities for Magazines

Recently at PBS MediaShift: Visualizing the Discouraging Realities for Magazines

I have a new(ish) post at PBS MediaShift that also represents my first foray into non-scholarly data visualization. I really enjoyed trying out a number of tools before settling on Silk.co for these visualizations of the most recent Magazine Media 360° report, which presents the most recent audience data across platforms for about 145 magazines. …

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Thinking about Paper Magazines: What’s Irreplaceable?

Thinking about Paper Magazines: What’s Irreplaceable?

Yes, I’m blogging about paper. My digital magazine conversion, a conversation with a student yesterday, and this article from Folio – about SPIN’s new print/digital strategy – are making me think more about the dead-tree stuff. What do I miss, even just a little, about paper magazines? What qualities truly can’t be replicated in digital …

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Remix This: Magazines as Media for Stable Narratives of Dissent

Remix This: Magazines as Media for Stable Narratives of Dissent

I recently noticed an interesting magazine-related story on the New York Times site regarding the Church of Scientology’s publication and distribution of a new parody magazine. It attempts to counter The New Yorker‘s reporting on the church: …the church has produced a 51-page glossy magazine and an accompanying three-part DVD that try to discredit The New Yorker, its writers, editors, fact-checkers …

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Research Ideas: Digital Magazine Publishing for the Masses

Research Ideas: Digital Magazine Publishing for the Masses

I’m contemplating the best angle for a new research project about the world of digital magazine publishing. I’m including here not just the magazines that have released iPad and other mobile apps, but also web-based publishing like that offered by Zinio, Yudu, Texterity, NoLayout, and others. I’m interested in to what degree these digital magazine …

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Memorable Moments with iPad Magazines

Memorable Moments with iPad Magazines

What moments stand out most in my first few weeks of magazine reading on the iPad? Positioning the iPad carefully against a pillow on my stomach while lying down, then carefully moving a fold of shirt out of the way so the pages wouldn’t hit it when I turned them. Yes. Really. Old habits die hard. …

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The Definition of a “Magazine”

The Definition of a “Magazine”

I’ve recently come across a number of projects that are called magazines, and yet don’t seem like what we normally think of as magazines. For example: Pop-Up Magazine: “the world’s first live magazine, created for a stage, a screen, and a live audience. Nothing will arrive in your mailbox; no content will go online. An …

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Magazines’ Paper “Gimmicks”: A Failure to Communicate

Magazines’ Paper “Gimmicks”: A Failure to Communicate

I recently read this magazine “print gimmicks” story from Folio: “In this era, when everyone’s excited about new media, we need to do everything we can to make older media as exciting as possible,” says Granger, Esquire’s editor-in-chief. The magazine’s latest print gimmick was its May 2009 issue where it featured a mix-n-match cover. The facial …

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Will Young People Pay for News?

Will Young People Pay for News?

Newspaper paywalls are likely to prevent young readers from becoming excited about news. Is the paywall the best way to introduce a new generation to the joys and benefits of journalism?

Crowdfunding News and the “News Mutual Fund”

Crowdfunding News and the “News Mutual Fund”

I’ve been looking lately at some of the “crowdfunding” models for journalism, in which audience members donate money to specific stories whose production they want to support. Here’s my idea for a “news mutual fund” – a concept slightly different from the crowdfunding models I’ve seen so far. One well-known crowdfunding project for journalism is …

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