Books -- the American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects Edited by David Abrahamson

By Nelson, Jack A. | Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Winter 1996 | Go to article overview

Books -- the American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects Edited by David Abrahamson


Nelson, Jack A., Journalism & Mass Communication Educator


* Abrahamson, David, ed. (1995). The American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press. Paperback, $24.95.

This volume answers a long-standing need, and offers a shot in the arm to a neglected area of journalism research. At the mid-year meeting of the Magazine Division of AEJMC at Northwestern University in 1992 an informal discussion arose among the 40 or so assembled scholars about the disheveled state of magazine research. The decision reached there to do something about assembling some corpus of scholarship dealing with magazine journalism resulted in this work.

A recurrent theme of almost all these authors is that research into magazine journalism in general has been unsatisfactory. It is interesting that even though magazines make up an important part of the information triad along with newspapers and television, over a recent 20-year period these publications accounted for only 6 percent of the articles which appeared in journalism Quarterly.

In addition, most of the authors are critical of the research that has been published. As Mark Popovitch of Ball State University concludes in a chapter on quantitative magazine studies: "... magazine researchers rely too heavily on content analysis techniques, remain fragmented in focus, and lack theoretical foundations from which to pose their research questions."

For instance, Jolliffee suggests that the biographical emphasis that for so long has marked magazine studies has led to an unfortunate focus on the lives of a few editors--the Great Man or Woman approach--with a resultant lack of attention to editors in general at work, with few insights into editorial interaction in the magazine process.

Some chapters are topic-specific, such as "An Overview of Political Content Analyses of Magazines." In this section, Mullen notes that fascinating similarities exist between the electronic media and the print, particularly magazines, as conduits for political information. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • A full archive of books and articles related to this one
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Books -- the American Magazine: Research Perspectives and Prospects Edited by David Abrahamson
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.