Vol. 18, No. 2
Spring 2018

Table of Contents


Editor’s Reflection [PDF]
The Pivot to Print
Kevin Lerner
Marist College



There Once Was a Profession Called Magazine Editing: Exploring the Brave New World [PDF]
Two essays examine the ways that the fundamental changes in the magazine industry have affected the roles and duties
of magazine editors.
David Abrahamson
Northwestern University
Elizabeth Hendrickson
Ohio University
Abe Peck
Northwestern University

Featured Research

Should There Be an App for That? An Analysis of Interactive Applications within Longform News Stories [PDF]
Through a mixed-methods study using a survey and focus groups, this exploratory work investigates how Millennials feel about print magazines in the Internet age.
Susan Jacobson
Florida International University
Jacqueline Marino
Kent State University
Robert E. Gutsche, Jr.
Lancaster University

Home Computing’s Halcyon Days: Discourse Frames in Computer Magazines in the Mid-1980s [PDF]
Examining three widely distributed computing magazines of the 1980s, the author finds that the predominant discursive frames of these magazines helped guide consumers through a turbulent time in what was then still a new product category.
Terry L. Britt
University of Missouri

Maxim Is a Bully: Making Women the Victim for Male Pleasure [PDF]
Taking advantage of a rare archive of Maxim, the author examines how the “lads’ mag” positioned verbal violence as a socially acceptable signal of desirable masculinity.
Pamela Nettleton
Marquette University


Book Reviews

Book Review: The Woman Whose Photos Troubled LIFE Magazine Editors [PDF]
In Women, Workers and Race in LIFE Magazine: Hansel Mieth’s Reform Photojournalism1934-1955, Dolores Flamiano tells the story of German-born photographer Hansel Mieth, a photographer whose images of a Japanese internment camp proved too controversial for her editors at LIFE.
Carol Zuegner
Creighton University

Book Review: Looking Back on Forgotten Images of Injustice and Integration [PDF]
Michael DiBari, Jr.’s book Advancing the Civil Rights Movement: Race and Geography of Life Magazine’s Visual Representation, 1954-1965 follows LIFE magazine’s visual coverage of the civil rights movement from the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Paola Banchero
University of Alaska Anchorage

Book Review: Work, Sex, Parenting: Solving Irish Women’s Mid-century “Problems” [PDF]
Women’s Voices in Ireland: Women’s Magazines in the 1950s and 60s, by Caitriona Clear, examines two women’s magazines: Woman’s Life and Woman’s Way, to discover what Irish society demanded of women in the mid-20th century.
Kathleen Endres
University of Arizona

Book Review: Trashing Wedding Magazines, One Gown at a Time [PDF]
Ewa Glapka, a critical/cultural scholar, dissects wedding magazines in order to elucidate the “wedding-ideological complex” in her book Reading Bridal Magazines from a Critical Discursive Perspective.
Miglena Sternadori
Texas Tech University

Book Review: Glitterati, on the Fringe [PDF]
Niche Fashion Magazines: Changing the Shape of Fashion, by Ane Lynge-Jorlen, celebrates niche fashion magazines as an art form, one separate from more commercial mass-market magazines.
Stephanie Williams-Turkowski
Texas Tech University

Book Review: An Idiosyncratic Hero’s Journey to Writing like Yourself [PDF]
In his new collection of essays, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, the nonfiction writer and educator John McPhee explains the writing process by focusing on his own writing, with an emphasis on structure.
Kevin Lerner
Marist College

Book Review: Finding the Fun in the Fundaments [PDF]
In two recent books—The Story of Be: A Verb’s-Eye View of the English Language, and Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar—author David Crystal speaks both to word nerds and to non-word nerds who just need to learn their grammar.
Betsy Edgerton
Columbia College Chicago

Book Review: A New Admiration for the Profile [PDF]
In Profile Pieces: Journalism and the ’Human Interest’ Bias, edited by Sue Joseph and Richard Lance Keeble, a group of mostly British scholars reexamine the history and framing of the journalistic profile.
Aileen Gallagher
Syracuse University