Magazines that Make History: Their Origins, Development, and Influence

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Editorial Sol 90, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 404 pages
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"Magazines that Make History is candy for the eye, food for the brain, and a well of knowledge for anyone with hunger and thirst for the magazine world--a must have, must read."--Samir Husni, Hederman Lecturer and professor of journalism, University of Mississippi

"This is important magazine history, but more than that, it is cultural history. . . . You've loved these magazines, and now you can get inside them and learn about the people who made and make them. You will not be able to put this book down."--Don Ranly, School of Journalism, University of Missouri

This is a book of fundamental importance to all who are passionate about journalism, for those who choose to make it a profession or study and teach it, as well as for those who are simply interested in knowing something about the origin and evolution of the most influential and successful magazines in the world.  Angeletti and Oliva examine and analyze in detail those international publications that have revolutionized the magazine marketplace in the 20th century, some because they created a niche for themselves and others because they created a new style, offered key innovations, or generated a phenomenon that continues to be relevant today in modern journalism.   

Over 2,000 specially selected color photographs illustrate the accounts of eight periodicals--Time, Der Spiegel, Life, Paris Match, National Geographic, Reader's Digest, ¡Hola!, and People.  The authors reveal the opportunities these innovators recognized and on which they capitalized, how each built and shaped a vision into a successful publication, the key personalities instrumental to their innovations and evolution, how they dealt with their competitors, and how each operates today--from editorial philosophy and story meetings to the way the cover is put together. The account of each periodical is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of stories and covers that, today, stand as outstanding examples of the art and craft of magazine journalism. From the March 3, 1923, inaugural issue of Time (with an entirely speculative printing of 9,000 copies) to the September 24, 2001, issue of People that sold over 4 million copies, this book opens up the medium that has done more than perhaps any other to shape our understanding of the events, stories, and personalities of the last hundred years.

Norberto Angeletti is an executive editor at _Clarin_ newspaper. Alberto Oliva is currently editor-in-chief of Ser Padres

You can learn more about the book at the author's web site, http://www.magazineshistory.com

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Journalists and editors Angeletti (executive editor, Clarin ) and Oliva (editor in chief, Ser Padres ) have provided a study of eight magazines--Time, Life , Hola! , People , Der Spiegel , Paris Match ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Alberto Oliva and Norberto Angeletti have been working in journalism for 35 years. They have both been keynote speakers at the Magazine Publishers Association of America (MPA) as well as at other international journalism forums, taught magazine courses at the University of Stanford in California and the University of Salamanca in Spain, and are co-authors of the book "Magazines that Make History" (Florida University Press, 2004).

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