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Photoshop-free magazines? No way!

Ms Magazine has an article about the American teen girl magazine Seventeen’s ‘new’ policy on altering images. At first it looks like progress following a campaign for magazines to be more up-front about the image altering they do and to do it less. Read further and it becomes less encouraging.

Jezebel also covers the issue, if much more critically. Both are well worth investigating, especially if you’re in year 11 and working on your teen girl magazine.

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Posted: July 13, 2012

Word – victim of the times?

Word magazine is to close, perhaps an indicator of how precarious the position of many print magazines has become. Like Smash Hits before it, Word’s publisher has found it increasingly difficult to sustain a profitable magazine; however worthy the magazine, they are there to make money.

It does run slightly contrary to the news that niche, independent publications are flourishing, even in a world of finger-swipes and appazines.

Maybe what we’re seeing is not the death of the print magazine industry but an evolutionary adjustment; certain types of magazine are doomed, but that doesn’t mean the format is going to disappear any time soon.

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Posted: July 4, 2012

Print still going strong?

The Guardian has some interesting material on the magazine industry in the context of smartphones / tablet computers and the general gloom associated with traditional media. Very useful for those of you preparing to write about the magazine industry.

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Posted: June 4, 2012

More of the Same?

Have women’s magazines become stale? Eva Wiseman thinks so. Very useful for MS4 A2 media studies if you’re studying the magazine industry.

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Posted: May 14, 2012

Women’s Magazines: Bad Advice?

It doesn’t take much of an investigation to realise that the advice and guidance in women’s glossy magazines is iffy, but here’s a useful article by Julie Burchill that puts the idea into well-argued prose.

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Posted: May 14, 2012

Apps and Magazines

The London Evening Standard has a very useful article by Roy Greenslade on the magazine industry and the growth of apps. This is of particular use to those of you preparing for the MS4 exam.

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Posted: May 9, 2012

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