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 September 19

A GM Discount for Kerkorian? Nope
Byline: Allan Sloan The big consumer news out of General Motors lately has been employee-discount pricing, the buy-low program that GM said last week is drawing to a close. But GM's biggest shareholder, Kirk Kerkorian, has taken quite a different...
A Place Worth Calling Home
Byline: Ellis Cose The New Orleans we all thought we knew is dead; and that is unspeakably tragic. To find anything remotely comparable, "You've got to go back to Pompeii," observed former mayor Marc Morial. Pompeii, however, was buried under lava...
A STORM-TOSSED BOSS; HARD RAIN: Team Bush Scrambled to Regain Traction. but a NEWSWEEK Poll Shows Katrina Has Blown Them off Course
Byline: Howard Fineman (With Anne Underwood) In September 1965, a massive hurricane hit New Orleans. By the next day the president--a Texan in a time of war--was in the city, visiting a shelter. With no electricity in the darkness there, Lyndon...
'A Very Fateful Step'; the Israeli and Palestinian Leaders, Both Facing Tough Opposition, Differ on What Is Needed to Advance Peace Talks
Byline: Lally Weymouth Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who once encouraged Israelis to settle in Gaza and the West Bank, recently did an about-face. At the age of 77, he ordered the military to uproot all Israeli settlements in Gaza and to evacuate...
Boy Brains, Girl Brains; Are Separate Classrooms the Best Way to Teach Kids?
Byline: Peg Tyre Three years ago, Jeff Gray, the principal at Foust Elementary School in Owensboro, Ky., realized that his school needed help--and fast. Test scores at Foust were the worst in the county and the students, particularly the boys, were...
Don't Mess with Mother
Byline: Anna Quindlen The dark aftermath of the frontier, of the vast promise of possibility this country first offered, is an inflated sense of American entitlement today. We want what we want, and we want it now. Easy credit. Fast food. A straight...
Family Travel: Are We at Machu Picchu Yet?
Byline: ALICE FISHBURN Not many nursery-school kids can identify Easter Island's famous monoliths. So when Alexander Schellenberg raised his hand in story time last year and said, "Those are the Moai statues and I've seen them," his teacher thought...
Fast Company; the Author of 'Bee Season' Returns with a Daring Second Act
Byline: MALCOLM JONES Myla Goldberg talks so fast and so intensely that after 10 minutes with her you feel you've known her forever. Over lunch in a Brooklyn diner you learn--before the food arrives--that she hates to repeat herself as a novelist,...
Honey, I Shrunk the iPod. A Lot. Apple Replaces the Mini with Something More Mini
Byline: Steven Levy Ever since it was clear that Apple's 2001 foray into digital music would be a smashing success, naysayers have been proclaiming that it was only a matter of time before competitors would catch up to and eventually surpass the...
How Bush Blew It; AFTER-ACTION REPORT: Bureaucratic Timidity. Bad Phone Lines. and a Failure of Imagination. Why the Government Was So Slow to Respond to Catastrophe
Byline: Evan Thomas (With T. Trent Gegax, Arian Campo-Flores, Andrew Murr, Susannah Meadows, Jonathan Darman and Catharine Skipp in the gulf coast region, and Richard Wolffe, Holly Bailey, Mark Hosenball, Tamara Lipper, John Barry, Daniel Klaidman,...
I'm an Artist, but Not the Starving Kind; We Have as Much Training as Other Professionals. Imagine If We Had Their Business Sense, Too
Byline: J. D. Jordan (Jordan lives in Roswell, Ga.) "I could get an art student to do it for $35 and a six-pack." I remember the first time a prospective client said that to try to intimidate me into accepting dramatically reduced fees for Website...
Laugh Riot; Thought You'd Seen the Last of the Sitcom? This Fall, Comedy Makes an Unexpected Recovery with Three Charming Shows. Now, If Only They Can Stay on the Air
Byline: Marc Peyser The awards won't be presented until Sunday, but it's already clear that this will be the year of the Desperate Emmy. For starters, the ceremony is desperate for a laugh. This year the show features something called Emmy Idol,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Allison Samuels, Devin Gordon, Nicki Gostin D. L. HUGHLEY One of the original kings of Comedy has a new talk show, "Weekends at the DL," on Comedy Central. Hughley spoke with NEWSWEEK's Allison Samuels. On the ads for "DL," you say,...
Perspectives
Byline: QUOTATION SOURCES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: CNN, AP, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, AP, NEW YORK TIMES, REUTERS, USA TODAY, ROLLING STONE, AP "Washington rolled the dice and Louisiana lost." Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, in a floor speech...
SOME ARE FOUND, ALL ARE LOST; LITTLEST VICTIMS: The Luckiest Ones Are Merely Displaced. the Unlucky Still Can't Find Their Parents. for Every One, the Trauma Will Last a Lifetime
***** CORRECTION: In "Some Are Found, All Are Lost" (Sept. 19) we misspelled the name of the Louisiana parish of Terrebonne. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Karen Breslau (With Karen Springen, Vanessa Juarez...
SPECIAL SERIES: A Flood of Compassion after a Tragic Storm
Byline: Elise Soukup, Alice Fishburn and Staci Semrad Not all of the stories springing from Hurricane Katrina have been tales of horror or hopelessness. In the weeks since the hurricane struck, countless groups and individuals have stepped up to...
SUPREMES: Roberts-And Then the Real Battle
Byline: Debra Rosenberg, Daniel Klaidman, Tamara Lipper and Stuart Taylor Jr. The confirmation battle over Judge John Roberts is about to take center stage. George W. Bush quickly nominated Roberts to serve as chief justice--a move the president...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker It's an old reflex of the American press, strengthened by 9/11. After the horror of a national tragedy, we look for uplifting stories of redemption. And so it was last week in New Orleans, as troops and police and aid workers...
THE OTHER AMERICA; AN ENDURING SHAME: Katrina Reminded Us, but the Problem Is Not New. Why a Rising Tide of People Live in Poverty, Who They Are-And What We Can Do about It
Byline: Jonathan Alter (With Joseph Contreras and Sarah Childress in New Orleans, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Anne Underwood in New York and Pat Wingert in Washington Graphic by Josh Ulick) It takes a hurricane. It takes a catastrophe like Katrina...
Why Cheap Gas Is a Bad Habit
Byline: Robert Samuelson What this country needs is $4-a-gallon gasoline or, maybe, $5. We don't need it today, but we do need it over the next seven to 10 years via a steadily rising oil tax. Coupled with stricter fuel-economy standards, higher...