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 Vol. 160, No. 26, December 24

Big Rocks Are Back!
Byline: Lauren Streib what's driving the surge in giant gems. Last week American news wires reported, in a single-sentence article, the discovery of the world's largest sapphire, a 93-pound specimen that a Sri Lankan company reportedly hacked...
Buddhas in Danger
Byline: Melinda Liu And how holograms can help. among china's greatest art treasures are the Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, an oasis on the fabled Silk Road that once linked China and Europe. Their ancient frescoes, sculptures, and other relics...
Can Safe Sex a[euro][umlaut]Save Earth?
Byline: Jesse Ellison a christian fix for climate change. At age 60, Richard Cizik is used to being on the outs. He spent 28 years working at the National Association of Evangelicals, eventually becoming the lobbying group's vice president for...
China Wants Land; Russia Needs Babies
Byline: Tunku Varadarajan; With Luke Darby and Jane Teeling This land is my Land China violated Japan's airspace for the first time in 54 years, when a military surveillance plane flew over the Japanese Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as...
Cro-Magnons vs. Neanderthals
Byline: paul begala There's a family feud going on in the GOP. The holidays are about family. And family, of course, is about fighting. As Uncle George says: God gave us family so we wouldn't have to fight with strangers. Right now the Republicans...
How to Raise a Child the Hunter-Gatherer Way
Byline: Jared Diamond Hold them, share them, let them run free. Why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours. On one of my visits a[umlaut]to New Guinea I met a young man named Enu, whose life story struck me then as remarkable....
Merry Christmas to Me!
Byline: Daniel Gross There's no shame in the epidemic of self-gifting. national notebook: Among the throngs of Americans prowling the malls and trawling a[umlaut]e-commerce sites, it turns out that many Christmas shoppers are looking out for...
Modern Art, Defined
Byline: Blake Gopnik An exhibition looks at abstraction--the movement that defines a[umlaut]modern art. A century ago, in October 1912, a silent newsreel flew out from Paris bearing one of history's hottest cultural updates. The footage is lost,...
Muslim Brothers Face off with the Liberal Street
Byline: Mike Giglio Can a former diplomat take down Egypt's president? As demonstrators massed outside Cairo's presidential palace last week, 20-year-old Mohamed Shawky--a veteran of Egypt's revolution with scars to prove it--was caught up in...
My Favorite Mistake: David Chase
'The Sopranos' creator on the anxieties of love. I was 18. I'd been crazy about the same girl for three years, with not a lot back to show for it. We weren't high-school sweethearts, although that job description would have been fine with me. We...
No Headline
n the final scene of Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's heart-stopping thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Maya, a CIA operative and the movie's heroine, is strapped into a seat on a military transport plane staring into the middle distance,...
No Headline
In the wee hours of Dec. 10, the recently reelected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, boarded his private jet for Havana to undergo a fourth round of surgery in his battle against cancer. Surrounded by his inner circle, the 58-year-old populist,...
Shawn Holley
Byline: Michelle Cottle The first call for celebrities in trouble. what do Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Axl Rose, the Kardashian sisters, Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg have in common? They are among the myriad celebrities...
The Five Most Innovative a[euro][umlaut]Mayors in America
While Washington seems paralyzed by partisan bickering, America's mayors are busy putting ideas into action. City hall is increasingly a place for bold experimentation. Unlike Congress, there's no fiddling over the fiscal cliff or divisions into angry,...
The Mad One
Byline: Marlow Stern Kristen Stewart goes on the road with Kerouac. "It's not a terrible thing if you're either loved or hated," says Kristen Stewart, seated in a cozy little bistro on the outskirts of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz,...
The New Year's Resolutions That Won't Fail You
Byline: Oliver Burkeman Every year we promise to change our behavior, and every year we screw it up. Oliver Burkeman explains why--and points to a surer path to happiness. or the self-help industry, the most wonderful time of the year arrives...