Student Magazine Contest 2017

The deadline for the 2017 Student Magazine Contest is Friday, May 12, except for the Team Startup or New Magazine Ideas categories. The deadline for those categories is May 8.

CRMA, which provides judges for the startup categories, needs to finish judging before its annual conference at the end of May. If this creates a problem for you, please let Carol Holstead know.

The call for entries describes the rules and categories. To enter, go here (or to the Better Newspaper Contests website):​

Click "Enter the contest here" and in the log-in window, find the tiny little "Open Call Contestant" link at the bottom and click that. You will go to a page where you can log-in using your credentials from last year, if you entered, or you can create an account. Then just follow the prompts.

If you have problems logging in, please call the BNC customer service rep, Cody France, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., PST, and he will help you: (360) 427-6300.

Mail Single Issue Ongoing Magazine | Design entries directly to
Carol Holstead
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Also, mail entry checks to Carol Schwalbe. AEJMC cannot take credit cards. The fee is $20 per entry.

Judges for the contest are publishers, editors, and writers for consumer and specialized business magazines. Some of the contest judges re-up every year because they enjoy seeing the work your students do. The judges volunteer their time. We are extremely grateful to them for their effort and for contributing to our educational mission.

The winners in the New Magazine Ideas category receive a check for $1,000 for first place and $500 for second and third places. The first place winning school in the Team Startup Project category receives a check for $3,000. First place winners in other categories receive checks for $100. All other winners receive certificates.

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

Winter issue of the Magazine Media Division’s journal

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

Editor’s Reflection: On the Shoulders of Giants
Kevin Lerner, Marist College

Digital Excellence in U.S. Magazines: An Analysis of National Magazine Award Categories and Calls
Aileen Gallagher, Syracuse University

Millennials and the Future of Magazines:
How the Generation of Digital Natives Will Determine Whether Print Magazines Survive

Elizabeth Bonner, Southern Lady Magazine
Chris Roberts, University of Alabama

Crafty Ads: Branding and Product Nesting in the Arts and Crafts Magazine The Craftsman
Ken Ward, Ohio University

Parasocial Engagement and Starting a Corporate Family in Ford Times, 1908 to 1917
Rebecca Swenson, University of Minnesota

Magazines and Social Media Platforms:
Strategies for Enhancing User Engagement and Implications for Publishers

Parul Jain, Ohio University
Zulfia Zaher, Ohio University
Enakshi Roy, Ohio University

Book Review: The Writing Gods Will See You Now
Miglena Sternadori, Texas Tech University

Book Review: A Critic’s Take on Life
Betsy Edgerton, Columbia College Chicago

Book Review: Magazines’ Clout—and the Data to Prove It
Kevin Lerner, Marist College

Film Review: A Fond Gaze at Magazines’ Golden Era
Paola Banchero, University of Alaska Anchorage

Television Review: Good Girls Revolt Offers Teaching Examples, Discussion Props
Miglena Sternadori, Texas Tech University

Latest issue of Magazine Matter

Enjoy the winter 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.


• Susan Currie Sivek’s "Note from the Division Head" previews the Magazine Division programming at our annual meeting in Minneapolis.

• A detailed list of Magazine Division panels and meetings will help you plan your busy days at AEJMC.

• Read about the achievements of division members as well as Victor Navasky, our Magazine Professional of the Year.

• Carol Holstead brings us the winners of the 2016 Student Magazine Contest.

• And longtime division member Sammye Johnson reflects on retiring after 35 years at Trinity University.

Many thanks to newsletter editor Sheila Webb for editing and producing this informative issue. Please send Sheila articles for the next issue.

Student Magazines

A question from Donna Harrington-Lueker about student magazines prompted a number of responses on the Magazine Media 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 Media 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 Miglena Sternadori.


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