Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from August 22

Abramoff: More Trouble Ahead?
Byline: Michael Isikoff The justice department played hardball last week with former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, in part because of concerns he might flee to Israel. Hours before Abramoff was indicted on fraud charges in Miami last Thursday, FBI...
Alas, You Can't Guess 'C'; Your SAT or ACT Essay Should Be Thoughtful and Nicely Organized. and Do It in 25 or 30 Minutes
Byline: Richard Rubin During the first few go-rounds on the SAT writing test, many students ran out of time on the essay portion. But the College Board, already getting heat for making the whole test longer, won't change that. Here are some ways...
America's Hot Colleges; Yes, Harvard's on the List. but So Are Lesser-Known Schools. Here Are Our Picks for the Places Creating Buzz for 2005-06
Byline: Jay Mathews Ah, serendipity. A generation ago, when Americans spoke of the best colleges, they had a pretty good idea: the oldest ones, a few of the biggest and not much else. Even now, among the old guard, that focus often remains on the...
Appreciation: Peter Jennings; July 29, 1938 - Aug. 7, 2005
Byline: Jonathan Alter The obituaries around the world all had the same basic lead: Peter Jennings of ABC News dies of lung cancer. Jennings himself had a way of getting to the nut of any story. He might have cut to its brutal truth more quickly:...
Attractions: Aquariums
If you want to take a dip in the sea without getting wet this summer, how about a trip to a nearby aquarium? Here are the top picks from Zagat Survey's U.S. Family Travel Guide. (You can leave your underwater camera at home.) MONTEREY, CALIF. MONTEREY...
Cracking the SAT Code; the Test Changed. Now a 1600 Isn't a Good Score at All. So What Is? and How Much Does the New Essay Count?
Byline: Richard Rubin An SAT Saturday is tough enough: the sixth early-morning alarm of the week, almost four hours of test deciphering and, now, a beat-the-clock essay where you can't just guess C and hope for the best. But the real stress comes...
Cruising on Campus; Cars Are Becoming the Coolest College Accessory. but Good Luck with Parking. and Beware of Tickets
Byline: Keith Naughton (With Joan Raymond and Patrick Crowley) When Morris Lifschutz began his sophomore year at the University of Southern California in 2004, he noticed a lot more hot cars cruising campus. So he and a buddy decided to restart...
Crunch Time; He Steadied Time Warner after Its Messy AOL Deal. but Can Dick Parsons Find New Growth, Lift the Stock and Disarm Carl Icahn?
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts Richard Parsons, Time Warner's CEO, exudes warmth. That quality helped stabilize the company after its ill-fated merger with AOL. But at the annual Sun Valley gathering held by investment banker Herbert Allen in July,...
Don't Make Hollow Threats; with 150,000 U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tehran Has Many Ways to Retaliate against an American Military Strike
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) Two things are very expensive in international politics, the game-theorist Thomas Schelling once observed: threats when they fail and promises when they succeed. President...
Family Travel: One Last Summer Fling
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Jennifer Foley of Annapolis, Md., knows her days of summer are numbered. This week she and her 8-year-old daughter Jacqueline are taking a trip to Houston. A few days later her entire family--three kids, one husband--will...
Giving Us A Little 'Extra'; the Star of 'The Office' Is Back for Another Divine Comedy
Byline: Devin Gordon In the debut episode of "Extras," a new fall comedy series from the makers of the beloved BBC sitcom "The Office," four-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet guest-stars as Kate Winslet, four-time Oscar nominee and lead actress in...
HBO'S NEXT EMPIRE: All Roads Lead to 'Rome': Can the Channel's $100 Million Bet Sing like a Soprano? Ratings Are Down 18 Percent. but Don't Cry for the Pay-Cable Juggernaut. This Fall, It Reloads with Two New Shows-A Killer Drama and an Extra-Special Comedy-And Says So Long, for Now, to a Budding, Buzz-Worthy Hit
Byline: Marc Peyser (With Dana Thomas in Rome) Ah, the glory that was Rome. The temples. The togas. The toilets . Rome in 52 B.C. usually means emperors and palaces and dudes with bad haircuts, and you'll see plenty of those when HBO debuts its...
High-Tech Hot Spots; Campuses Are at the Center of the Digital Age. of Course You Have a PC and a Cell. but Are You in Thefacebook?
Byline: John Schwartz Julianna Allen's all ready for Vassar. She's ordered her Apple iBook with the Vassar discount, and she's got her iPod fully loaded. She knows the campus, having studied up online. But most important, ever since she got her...
'I'm So Sorry'; in Emotional Private Meetings with the Families of Soldiers Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush Offers Solace-And Seeks Some of His Own
Byline: Holly Bailey and Evan Thomas (With Richard Wolffe) The grieving room was arranged like a doctor's office. The families and loved ones of 33 soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan were summoned to a large waiting area at Fort Bragg, N.C....
I Shouldn't Have Had to Beg for a Prognosis; with All the Conflicting Reports on Doug's Health, I Didn't Know If He Was Holding Steady or Dying
Byline: Diane Payne (Payne lives in suburban Atlanta.) I was once a stalker. My victims--yes, there were several--were high on the social scale, but they were not celebrities. They were doctors. My husband, Doug, died recently after a sudden...
Nature Films: Baby Penguins = Big $
Byline: Sean Smith The chilly documentary "March of the Penguins" is the summer's hottest ticket. The $1 million film, which follows the mating and birthing season of the emperor penguin, has earned more than $30 million domestically and is now...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh, Devin Gordon, George Lyle IV Q&A: Rachel McAdams Rachel McAdams is America's new sweetheart. She made us laugh in "Wedding Crashers" and cry in "The Notebook." Next she'll try to spook us in Wes Craven's "Red Eye."...
Our Vanishing Savings Rate; Americans Have Indulged Their Self-Indulgence: They've Spent More and More of Their Incomes. Someday, This Must Stop, but Who Knows When?
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Every so often the government spits out some factoid that seems crammed with special significance. The Commerce Department did just that recently when it reported that Americans' personal savings rate had dropped to zero....
Part of the 'Entourage'; Low Ratings? Who Cares? Why We Love This Comic Joyride
Byline: Devin Gordon (With Stephen Saito) Mandy Moore seems like a sweet girl, but she's wrecking "Entourage." It's not that she's a lousy actress. (She's OK.) It's not that she's unattractive. (That's definitely not the problem.) And it's not...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: AP, Newsday, AP, The Washington Post, huffingtonpost.com, CNN, AP, New York Sun "I heard the rumble and looked. I can't even describe it." Emergency medical technician John Felidi, in 9/11 oral-history transcripts...
Sex Offenders: Do You Live near One?
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores Few things unsettle parents as much as the prospect of a sex offender living in their midst. Now there's a new way to find out: mapsexoffenders.com. Launched last month and still in the beta stage, the free Web site has...
The Barriers, and beyond; Fighting Flagrant Bigotry Is a Big-Muscle Motion; It Requires Less Finesse Than Sidling around Tokenism or Dealing with Entrenched Custom
Byline: Anna Quindlen Eileen Collins looks great in blue. That's the color of the NASA flight suit, and Collins, the agency's first female pilot-astronaut, was wearing one when she deplaned after her stint commanding the shuttle Discovery. It was...
The Deadliest Cancer; Lung Cancer Kills More Americans Than Any Other Type of Malignancy-And Some of the Victims Never Smoked. but despite Grim Statistics There Is Some Good News: Fresh Research Offers Hope for Earlier Diagnosis and More-Effective Treatments
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley and Claudia Kalb (With Karen Springen, Anna Kuchment and Vanessa Juarez Graphic by Josh Ulick) With the news last week that former smoker Peter Jennings had succumbed to lung cancer at 67 and Dana Reeve, who never smoked,...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker The week that Peter Jennings announced that he had lung cancer, Anna Kuchment got a note from Margaret Nason, the mother of a longtime friend, who was also battling the disease. When Anna had first heard about the diagnosis,...
The End of a Dream; True Believers Have Passion on Their Side. Other Israelis Want a 'Normal' Country
Byline: Kevin Peraino (With Joanna Chen and Dan Ephron in Jerusalem Graphic by Andrew Romano) The first Zionist pioneer of the Ben-Zvi family was Moshe. In 1918, he emigrated from Austria aboard a ship that took him to Lebanon. According to family...
The Palestinians: Gaza Law and Order; after 38 Years of Occupation, Gaza Is a Political and Economic Wreck. Can Mahmoud Abbas Impose Stability?
Byline: Dan Ephron It lacked the brutality of Iraqi kidnappings, but for Steve Sabella, the ordeal one afternoon last month was a worrisome sign of Gaza's future. A photographer working on a project for the United Nations in Gaza City, Sabella was...
Will Sticks Lick Broadband Fix?
***** CORRECTION: In "Will Sticks Lick Broadband Fix?" (The Technologist, Aug. 22), we said that Sen. Byron Dorgan is from South Dakota. In fact, he is from North Dakota. ***** Byline: Steven Levy CORRECTION APPENDED When Bob Dylan sang...