Latest issue of Magazine Matter

Enjoy the summer issue of our division newsletter, Magazine Matter. To print the newsletter in spreads, download the spread version. If you prefer single pages, download the single-page version.

Many thanks to newsletter editor Sheila Webb for editing and to her student David Mitnik for producing this colorful issue. Please send Sheila articles for the next issue.

Student Magazine Contest 2014

This year Carol Holstead reports that we had 270 entries from 28 universities in the annual Student Magazine Contest.

This is the 19th year that Carol Holstead has coordinated the contest. Still, she is amazed by the generosity of our volunteer judges. Some have re-upped many years. (Dick Stolley, the founding editor of People magazine has judged since 2003.) They make thoughtful and instructive and sometimes hilarious (see Peter Moore's for Single Issue/Editorial) comments.

All student winners receive certificates. First-place winners receive checks for $100. Carol will distribute these at our annual conference during the Magazine Division Members Meeting, 6:45–8:15 p.m., Thursday, August 7, at the Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal. If you are attending the conference, please do your best to make the meeting or to find Carol so she can give you your certificates. If you are not attending and have a colleague attending, please let Carol know who so she can leave certificates with them. Otherwise, Carol will mail certificates to you when she returns home. Her cell is 785.218.3939. She is staying airbnb and not at a hotel.

If you have questions, please write to Carol Holstead. Our thanks go to Carol for organizing the Student Magazine Contest again this year!

2014 Winning entries [PDF] | Judges' comments on winning entries [PDF]

Spring issue of the Magazine Division’s journal

You'll find these research articles featured in the latest issue of the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research.

Editor's Reflection: Musings on Power and Normativity
Miglena Sternadori, University of South Dakota

“That’s Part of What We Do”: The Performative Power of Vogue’s Anna Wintour
David Weiss, University of New Mexico

The Normalization of Cosmetic Surgery in Women’s Magazines from 1960 to 1989
Shu-Yueh Lee, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Naeemah Clark, Elon University

Health, Weight, and Fitness Messages in Ebony and Essence:
A Framing Analysis of Articles in African American Women’s Magazines

Linda Kean, East Carolina University
Laura Prividera, East Carolina University
John W. Howard, III, East Carolina University
Dinecia Gates, East Carolina University

Opportunities and Constraints for Independent Digital Magazine Publishing
Susan Currie Sivek, Linfield College
Alyssa Townsend, Linfield College

“Defining Celebrity and Driving Conversation”:
Celebrities on the Cover of People Magazine (2000-2010)

Jon Arakaki, State University of New York at Oneonta
William P. Cassidy, Northern Illinois University

Characteristics of Online Editors at City and Regional Magazines
Joy Jenkins, University of Missouri

Book Review Editor’s Reflection: Why I Write
David Sumner, Ball State University

Book Review: How Literary Magazines Shaped America
James West, University of Manchester

Book Review: A New Generation of Great Literary Journalists
Mark H. Massé, Ball State University

Book Review: Bachelors and Bunnies
Judy Polumbaum, University of Iowa

Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt
Sandra Mardenfeld, Long Island University

Book Review: The Business End of Magazines
Aileen Gallagher, Syracuse University

Book Review: Post-Communist Teen Magazines Bend Language and Culture
Miglena Sternadori, University of South Dakota

Student Magazines

A question from Donna Harrington-Lueker about student magazines prompted a number of responses on the Magazine Division listserv. A list of student magazines has been added to this site. If you would like to add a student magazine, please send the link and a brief description to Carol Schwalbe.

Please submit articles to the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research

The Magazine Division’s scholarly, refereed journal is now entering its 12th year. Its focus is the promotion and publication of research dealing with magazines and new media and the pedagogy related to those two areas. The journal publishes research reports, interpretive articles, opinion pieces, and critical reviews of books and teaching materials that deal with the field of magazines and new media.

If you’re interested in submitting an article, opinion piece, or review, check out the journal guidelines.

Please contribute to the Course Syllabi Sharing Service

Begun in 2002, the Course Syllabi Sharing Service includes copies of syllabi from magazine courses taught around the country, including feature writing and introductory magazine writing, advanced magazine writing and literary journalism, magazine design, magazine editing, magazine management, and online media.

If you’d like to participate in this service, please e-mail Carol Schwalbe a Word document or PDF file of your syllabi along with the name of the course. If your syllabi are already online, you can send me the URL.

Events, Etc.

Interested in reviewing a book or receiving a book to review for the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research?

Please contact Book Review Editor David Sumner.


August 6-9, 2014
Montreal, Canada—Le Centre Sheraton

August 5-9, 2015
San Francisco—Marriott San Francisco Marquis

August 4-7, 2016
Minneapolis—Hilton Hotel