MAGAZINE

The magazine that has been setting trends and killing it in the fashion universe since the 1890’s. Yes, it is Vogue Magazine. The statement maker magazine that has been owning the industry even before most of us were even born.

Vogue as you know, is a fashion and lifestyle magazine with 23 international available editions to date. The current editor in chief is the ever so famous, Anna Wintour. Her signature bob cut and sunglasses is how she is chiefly recognized. She’s been featured in many films. Here’s the list of the films in case you are suddenly interested in watching;Manolo, the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, The First Monday in May, Mademoiselle C, The Last Impresario and The September Issue.

Also here is a little fun fact for you, Meryl Steep’s character in the “Devil Wears Prada” is in fact not based on Meryl Steep!

Anyways, getting back to the magazine at hand. The first international edition for released in 1916, the British Vogue.

The recent spurt of fashion trends has awaken the desire for many to look up to fashion magazines. Vogue being the center of it all. The cultural boundaries that have been researched, broken down and risen with the expansion of its international editions.

Vogue Italia is the top publishing version so far.

MAGAZINE COVER ANALYSIS

Being a fashion magazine and one that has to set the bar for the others in the industry. The cover dynamic of the magazine should be dissected.

The cover of the magazine is visually appealing and brings the reader major anticipation. The magazine does not follow a new artistic pattern but the covers are the same concept, the famous icon’s picture, primarily women. A close up shot on a white background.The celebrity taking over ninety percent of the magazine’s cover. With preview textsof articles and contents simple black times new roman font. The magazine’s page dimensions are 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches.

The magazine looks expensive and as a reader, it makes you want to look inside the editorial.

HISTORY

The magazine’s idea basically stemmed from observance. Arthur Baldwin was an ordinary business man who wanted to achieve greatness. He had noticed the upper class of New York, he noticed how lower society was obsessed with the men of the upper class. Everyone wanted to be like them and that is how it came to Arthur, a million dollar idea. With which he would create an empire.

Basically by observing the upper class citizens of New York, after carefully studying the upper class, how they presented themselves, how they wishes to be presented, their tastes,  their way of couture and so on. This was a success, considering that the magazine had become a wide spread topic of discussion. Everyone much like now, wanted to be a part of the elite and dressing up like them was one of the many ways of attaining such prestige.

Back in the time, the magazine was concerned with fashion, social affairs and sports related news and coverage for their male following.

Then came in Condé Nast, in 1905, a year before Arthur’s passing. He gradually began to expand the magazine, both in terms of content and readership. He changed the focus of the magazine to women. That brought the true elite status of the magazine. It served as a symbol of the upper class and then the expansion led to wedding coverages from solely being focused on attire.

Since Vogue’s overall reach, audience and research has expanded, Nast increased the prices as well, this is where the profit’s skyrocketed as they had never before.

During the times of the great depression, the 1920’s to 1970’s, the magazine expanded considerably. Vogue had opened the door to better editorials, bolder topics and other controversial areas of the time. This led the magazine to be a huge hit amongst the younger populace.

Years later, when Elle, the three year start up emerged it gave Vogue a run for its money. This happened in July 1988. This was the downfall of Vogue, though after the leadership was taken over by Anna Wintour. Vogue was able to rise from the ashes.

CORE

Vogue basically means the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time. So, in a way, the magazine is just supposed to bring forth the fashion that is trending. But the aim of the magazine moved from the elite and their couture, not completely. The essence of the root of the magazine, still remains strong. But now more than directing their audience to what they should simply wear. They discuss things as innovation in fashion, updates, celebrity lifestyles and such.

Fashion and setting trends is still hot on their list but they’ve opened up to a larger topic spectrum.

CRITICISM

Vogue faced critism upon their international editions, was massive. Since the magazine was not taking into consideration cultural and religious norms. Initially, they faced major back lash. After adjusting and rethinking their strategy.

Followed by moments where the degartory depiction of females and minors caused an uproar and led Vogue making a lot of clarifications. The other complaints being how some issues of the magazine were much too redundant, were not helping women evolve but simply stated what to wear if you want to look like XYZ celebrity and that if you wish to acheve fitness, follow this ABC person’s diet regime and workout shedule.

 

TIME MAGAZINE

This magazine’s popularity high-key rivals with Forbes magazine. Times is an American weekly news magazine, as well as a news website, with its headquarters in New York City. It was startedback in 1923 and was originally led by Henry Luce.

Time Magazine has several international editions; European, Middle East, Africa, one for Latin America, an Asian edition based in Hong Kong. The South Pacific edition for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, which is based in Sydney. Though in December 2008, the magazine discontinued publishing the Canadian edition.

Time magazine by far, has the largest circulation for any weekly magazine. The print version has a readership of roughly twenty six million, and approximately the twenty million are from the US. In the year of 2012, its circulation was over three million, which then dropped to two million by the end of 2017.

HISTORY

The magazine was founded in 1923, by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce. This was the first weekly magazine in the United States. The two had previously worked together at the Yale Daily News, both on very high positions. The first name decided for the magazine was Facts (That’s Fact’s). They wanted to create a publication that condensed facts and important happenings so busy men could read it in an hour. Then it was decided that Time was a more fitting name, the slogan being “Take Time, It’s Brief”.

Hadden was not all work and no play, which is why the magazine has a heavy coverage of celebrity news, pop culture and other not so serious topics.

One of the main things the magazine wanted to focus on, was representation of the people. Thus recently, in light of this. Time added a “People of the Year" issues which had plenty of success. Some very famous mentions are Steve Jobs, Barack Obama and so on.

THE FIRST TIME ISSUE

The first issue of the magazine was published on March 3, 1923. It featured Joseph G. Cannon, on its cover. The price of the magazine back in was 15¢, which now is roughly equivalent to $2.21.

When Hadden died, back in 1929, Luce than became the big man at Time. As well being a very prominent figure in the history of twentieth century media realm.

Roy Edward Larsen was the second most important man in Time, he was running the corporation and managing the publication. He was also an asset of Time magazine. He was the best man after Henry Luce.

WRITING STYLE

Time magazine was known for its distinct writing style and was a people’s favorite for that very reason. Their distinctive writing style was the regular use of inverted sentences. This was then later burlesqued in 1936 by Wolcott Gibbs in The New Yorker publication.

He said that Backward ran condemnations until reeled the mind...Where it all will end, knows God!

Then till the mid- 1970’s, Time had a section had Listings, which was a weekly thing. This section had summaries, reviews and such of films, plays, musicals, tv broadcast, books, comics and what not. This was a public favorite and one of the magazine’s points that put it on a high horse.

Times magazine is specially known for its red borders, introduced in 1927. The borders have only been altered, a total number of five times since that year.

Time has been known for its “timeless” design, pun intended. And that has been one of its most admired features. The strong, bold covers and design particulars have represented Luce and Hadden’s vision of a robust yet dynamic publication that really catches the readers.

The cover of the magazine has quite a minimalist and neat approach, which emphasizes clarity.

CONTENT ANALYSIS

Even though Time is not a business specific magazine, business is its main area of coverage. They were doing a great job at it too but recently, they have given more room to advertisements to their magazine than actual content. Pretty sure they are not running out of writers but the point of having so many adverts isn’t in any way justifiable.

Other than that, business barely gets a speck of attention. There is no insider news or follow up on stock market trends and such. There is more celebrity related news, articles on pop culture, entertainment world and other not so serious things. The magazine over the course of time has lost its charm and though the target audience was men and women, it seems the publication now caters more to the likes of young adults. The political editorials aren’t anything special and the only thing Time has going on for itself.

 Is its reputation that had been made years ago? The magazine has been running for almost a hundred years. Instead of coping with the new, I see it going down with the old. The magazine had expanded its news coverage but really, it feels like quantity has taken over quality.

CONCLUSION

The content of the magazine is not all that special, nor is it spectacularly informative. I cannot say anybody subscribing to the magazine has an edge over the others but I’m not saying it is absolutely useless either. It’s still a useful read and for someone who is not all that found of the internet, the magazine supplies you with nifty information that will keep you on track with whatever’s going on. That be business, tech, politics or entertainment related.

DIGEST MAGAZINE

Reader’s Digest is a very popular American general interest magazine, which was founded in 1922 by DeWitt Wallace and his wife Lila Bell Wallace. The headquarters of the organization is located in Manhattan, New York, United States. Since then the magazine has been a must have and has been found in every suburban American home. But with the rise of the internet, Reader’s Digest had somewhat plummeted.

The magazine has a vast range of articles and specials in every issue, the magazine does not follow the conventional gossip, business insider and pop culture trends like how one would stereotypically perceive a magazine to be. The current editor in chief of the magazine is Bruce Kelley.

Reader’s Digest has a staggering circulation of 3,025,518, and has currently published 49 editions in 21 languages and is available in over 70 countries around the globe.

HISTORY

At the advent of war, Wallace when was recruited by the army, spent four months reading American newspapers. Then after his return to his home country, he spent six months at the Minneapolis Public Library, researching different magazine articles. This is was the beginning of the Reader’s Digest dream.

He was compiling information to start his own magazine, on a wide variety of subjects. He co-founded this magazine with his wife. Wallace wanted to publish the magazine by himself and direct mail it to the customers. The first publication, was on February, 1922.

Thanks to his efforts and hard workReader's Digest became one of the most popular magazine in the world.

POLITICAL INFLUENCE

Wallace was an avid supporter of the Republican Party and had strong anti-communist views, and he made sure to express these views and beliefs in the magazine. Wallace and his spouse were firm supporters of Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in the year 1968. They supported him, by giving Nixon largecash donations and letting Nixon express himself and his political upliftmentin the Digest.

Conservation and anti-communist, these were the two heavy views of the Reader’s Digest in both social and political issues from the very start. They made sure to wipe the communist agenda and bring forth a socialist movement. Wallace had hoped to gain a net income of $5,000, he had analyzed what the mass market demanded and thus the growth and expansion of the magazine had reached heights, never seen before.

In 1929, Reader’s Digest had 290,000 subscribers and an overall gross income of $900,000 a year. The first international edition was released in the United Kingdom in the yearof 1938. Then by the time of the magazine’s 40th anniversary, there were 40 international editionsavailable, in 13 different languages and even Braille, (for the blind) and it was deemed the largest-circulating journal in the following places around the world; CanadaSpain, Mexico, SwedenPeru and other countries and regions around the globe. All in all, around that time, the magazine had a circulation of 23 million.

CONTENT ANALYSIS

The focused content of the magazine is not restricted to a certain aspect, which is a double edged sword. Since it is a general interest magazine. It’sarticles and editorials are not of a similar nature. In each new issue there is a new pattern follow up and a different writing style. Though the sections and heading are more or less the same. To not confuse the reader, there is no real story the magazine goes after. The magazine has some very unimportant information and news featured which no one would bother to read at times. I’m going to put the negatives on a hold on. Let’s move on to the interesting bits. Reader’s Digest features plenty of fun and attention grasping articles. Their 100 submit a story article, which provides a great platform, for aspiring writers and other articles that give you tips on saving and budgeting. The awareness articles are all great and good too. The jokes and food section is truly Reader’s Digest grace if you ask me. The part of the publication, perhaps, many are most excited about. 

THE FALL OF READER’S DIGEST

The internet is Reader’s Digest’s greatest enemy, yes. Since the world wide web emerged, the magazine went on a standstill. For a while that is. In 1983, when the internet broke all of history’s previous inventions. All went downhill for a lot of businesses, including Reader’s Digest. The internet was a portal to unlimited information on anything including everything Reader’s Digest was featuring. The internet was faster, updated and easier to access and costed a lot less. Wallace could not keep up, the internet was the magazine’s ultimate demise at the time. The revolution of the World Wide Web had stocks of the company plummeting and investors either doubtful or leaving.

Over the course, of time, Readers Digest maintained its foothold again but was not as strong as it had always been, since the internet was and still will be the greatest rival of all time. But it is still one of the most well-reputed magazine in the world with a staggering circulation rate other print media could only dream of.

CONCLUSION:

The magazine is by far one of the most popular in the world, though it did take a major dip. It regained its standing. The magazine’s content is family friendly, it’s great for kids because it is a hefty source of general knowledge. It has a bit of everything for everyone.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

Oh no, we’re not talking about Bob Dylan’s rolling stone and nope, it’s got nothing to do with Adele’s rolling in the deep. But this is a magazine that has maintained its legacy for over 50 years!

Rolling Stone magazine was founded on the 9th of November, 1967 by Ralph J. Gleason and Jann Wenner. Before we get in to the magazineand what its about. Let’s talk about the founders.

Ralph J. Gleason was an American jazz player and a well-known music critic. He graduated from Columbia University, and made the San Francisco Chronicle make it all the way to the rock era.

Now for, Jann Simon Wenner, the former owner of Men’s Journal Magazine. Born in New York, he attended Chadwick School and the University of California.  After taking a loan from his fiancé, Jane Schindelheim and family members, he co-founded the Rolling Stone magazine with Ralph J. Gleason.

Rolling Stone magazine mainly focusses on popular culture or otherwise reffrerd to as pop culture. The massive sized magazine has been redefining the world and evolving through the course of time with such refinement. That its still one of the most spectacular print media around. The magazine mainly has target audience consisting of young adults. Rolling Stone covers topics such as poltics, world news and yes overall, pop culture.

The magazine has an astounding circulation of 700,622 according to the December, 2018 survey count.

The current editor of Rolling Stone is Jason Fine, he has been the year 2015.

Fun fact: The name of both the band and the magazine was inspired by the song Rollin' Stone' by Muddy Waters, that came out in the 1950.

HISTORY AND CORE

The magazine came out after the period of the world war. As it is expected, there was a lot of decay and depression in the air for a very long time. But Jan Wenner, though coming from a secular Jewish family needed there to be an outlet for rock n’ roll. The idea came to him when he was 21 and was unable to find a decent, nine to five job. After collecting an amount of $7500 dollars, Jann with his mentor Gleason went on the conquest to make their own magazine. This magazine was going to be the never before witnessed representation of rock n roll. He believed rock n’ roll was not getting the representation it deserved and he did not take that. He wanted to take matters into his own hands.

Music was thriving in the city of San Francisco but it was not being given the attention it deserved, especially rock n’ roll. Which was dear to the hearts of the two founders. Together they set up a printing office in San Francisco, back then the laws weren’t strict, the costs were cheap and all in all, it was not an impossible feat to start out a magazine publishing press.

But Jann didn’t just create a team consisting of a bunch of music loving maniacs but he chose people who knew their niche. Intelligentwriters that could grip the masses and create a legacy for rock n roll.

He wanted to show the world, how rock n’ roll was a philosophy. It was not just some music to bop your heads to. The magazine wasn’t a bunch of celebrity profile baloney. But it was an insider’s scoop to the revolution rock n’ roll was bringing to the world. From the man who created the Rolling Stone’s logo. It was all thoroughly perfected by the founder’s Jann and Gleason, they made sure their vision and the politically charged changes that rock n’ roll was making would be represented honorably.

The magazine was a success, not only in that era but in present as well. The magazine’s quality and intelligent archives weren’t turned to dust but have risen as one of the most iconic magazines to date!

GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

Rolling Stone magazine has been a heavy hitting contender since the 1960’s and as a result has won numerous awards for their stellar publications. One of the most prestigious award being the;

General excellence, (Circulation) Over 1,000,000: Rolling Stone. In April, 1998.

RECENT YEARS AND THE FALL

The magazine initially, was published bi-weekly but after reconsideration it was decided that it would be published once a month. Thus it is now an American popular culture monthly published magazine.

During the time, when the internet popped up and a new gateway of revolution was opened. Jan Wenner was unable to cope with the World Wide Web’swhirlwind. In short, that was the dwindling period of the Rolling Stone magazine. His vision did not go as far as the internet could and that had the company take a major nose dive. Wenner’s mind had been clouded by the fame and superiority that is why keeping up with the newly developed fast paced environment jammed his vision.

Though, it did get back up on its feet over time, it is now one of the most popular print media around, it is every artists dream to be featured on the magazine.

The magazine now is not restricted to rock n roll but has expanded to politics, music, Hollywood and related charts, music of all genres and other array of topics.

Rolling Stone isn’t only a magazine in hardcopy, but has an app and a website. The monthly subscription costs about $49.95. 

 

STATESMAN MAGAZINE

The New Statesman magazine is a British publication that mainly covers politics and cultural news. Published back in 12 April, 1913, in London, UK. The socialist society decided to create a print media outlet to express their views. This was not aimed to an only anti-communist magazine, but an approach to lifestyle, culture and business with a hint of awareness.

The heading members of the publication were Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb and other top members of the socialist Fabian Society, like George Bernard Shaw, the founding director. The current editor in chief of New Statesman magazine is Jason Cowley, he has been taking over this position since 2008.

It began as a movement to open the eyes of the masses and be a source of enlightment but since the magazine has such a strong background. The publication was destined to grow and become one of the greatest forms of print media to date. Though its legacy is not as great as Forbes, Rolling Stone and other such magazines but it’s still up there. That is something nobody can deny.

Now-a-days, the magazine is an available in print, and digital platforms. And still it holds similar ideals as it did at the time of its creation. It has a “liberal, skeptical, political position”.

If I put it in short, they seem to be pointing at a more leftist view that appears to be the stem of their views. Which ultimately goes into their articles, editorials and other sections of the magazine. Since freedom of expression is a right, none of us can stop their content, in case you do not agree with their stand point. But you are welcome to criticize and give your own input regarding the matters.

BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The magazine has been running since the year 1913, and the longest working editor for the magazine has been Kingsley Martin, working from 1930 to 1960.

The magazine has been internationally recognized, by world class publishers and top-notch writers as well as editors. To add it has been quite an influence for people in terms of career building and finding.

The major contributors of the publications have been the following the people; John Maynard KeynesVirginia Woolf,Bertrand Russell,Paul Johnson andChristopher Hitchens.

Additionally, the publication was formerly addressed as “The Staggers”, but only un-officially. As the magazine was always blaring on about the latest crisis and problems. Whether related to circulation, conspiracies, fundings, ownership, politics and so on. But now it is known as the “politics blog”. That being its nick name of course.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • New Stateman’s circulation was at its peak in the year of 1906 but lately has surged to a new height, in 2016. The offfcial average circulation of the publication is 34,025.
  • The traffic at New Statesman’s official website in 2016, reached a new high grossing figure of twenty seven million page viewsand an astounding four million unique users.
  • The websites associated with New Statesman are CityMetric, Spotlight, New Statesman Tech and lastly, New Statesman America, which was launched in the year of 2018.
  • New Stateman magazine’s ubscriptionsrates start from £12.00, which is 14.60 USD.
  • The publication is printed fifty tw times per year.
  • New Statesman magazine can be subscribed at magazine.co.uk. You have the option of using a credit card or a direct debit, depening on whichever it is, you are using.
  • The publishers of New Statesman magazine are New Statesman Ltd.

CONTENT ANALYSIS

The magazine does not only have vast topic coverage but in-depth, useful insider information. This magazine is British in essence. This magazine has followed the weekly publishing pattern from its advent, which is pretty impressive. Putting out quality content on a weekly basis is not easy feat. Oof. Over the last era, it was evolved from politics and literature to being the politics info hub and much more. It has now acquired a reputation of a respected and no nonsense publication. It is looked up by many minor publications as well. As it has set a very high and successful bar, consistently. Not only in the United Kingdom but as a global magazine. It mostly speaclisesin British politics, culture and affairs but its upkeep with international affairs is pretty great too. 

Founded by Fabian intellects and the London School of Economuics co-founders. New Statesman has a history of being high-class and a no nonsense literary piece for the masses. Having such educated and elite founders, it has maintained the reputation.

The magazine offers an elite range of opiniated, insightful, and mind blowing editorials, articles and columns. Their current affairs coverage is so rich and amazing, it is truly spectacular how they do what they do. The magazine also covers bits of pop culture, movie reviews and blockbuster news. They promote free-thinking and have border breaking ideas and views that think for all. Best part, they update weekly, so in case you cannot get enough. There is no need to worry about that. New Statesman magazine does not cater to bs and click baity news. It has a diverse range of topics relating to economics, business, current affairs and 21st century millennial culture. The magazine is also hassle free, sign up online or have the issue delivered outside your door step. New Statesman magazine is the complete answer to your UK related questions but sorry they don’t realy go in-depth with the Royal Family scandals.