- Series: Columbia Journalism Review Books
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (September 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231131372
- ISBN-13: 978-0231131377
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry (Columbia Journalism Review Books)
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This delightfully eclectic collection is full of exceptional gems, of value to anyone interested in magazines, journalism, and good editing and writing. (Tom Goldstein, Former dean, journalism schools at Columbia and Berkeley)
Bold, brash, and on target... This is a book not to be missed by working editors and journalists, print newbies and magazine junkies. (Publishers Weekly)
A useful, even timely collection... (Kirkus Reviews)
These 12 essays will appeal to professionals as well as sophisticated readers interested in the nuts and bolts of how magazines are put together. (Library Journal)
...a diverse collection of intelligent and inspiring reads that would seem to be a must for anyone interested in the inner-workings of editorial offices. (de Cinema de Cuir)
About the Author
Victor S. Navasky, editor of The Nation from 1978, became editorial director and publisher in 1995 and is now its publisher emeritus. He is the George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the Delacorte Center of Magazines and chairs the Columbia Journalism Review. He is the author of Kennedy Justice; Naming Names, which won a National Book Award; and A Matter of Opinion, which won the George Polk Book Award.
Evan Cornog is dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University and a former publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. He is the author of three books of political history and served as press secretary to New York Mayor Edward I. Koch. He has worked on the editorial staffs of The New Yorker and Wigwag Magazines and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The American Scholar, and Columbia Journalism Review.
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As a non-professional, purely amateur reader of magazines, I found it all accessible and entertaining. Normally when I read a non-fiction anthology, I end up reading about half the entries, maybe two thirds in an unusually good collection. In this volume, I finished all but one or two.
I found the most interesting lectures near the front of the book, including the one by Ruth Reichl, who talked about her career writing about food for magazines and newspapers, then editing magazines. Roberta Myers' talk about her climb up the ladder in women's mags was also entertaining, as was Michael Kelly's story about writing a thoughtful but depressing profile for Playboy and having to rewrite it completely to fit the upbeat viewpoint of the magazine. Peter Canby and Barbara Walraff, a fact checker and a copy editor, were enlightening about their jobs. Tina Brown and Felix Dennis, both publishing big shots, were informative but so full of themselves that it was touch and go whether I'd stick with them to the end.
How a magazine differs from a newspaper is a recurring theme in some of the lectures, and it is a difference I hadn't thought about before reading this book. While newspapers generally aim to inform, magazines are more of an echo chamber, reinforcing a certain viewpoint or lifestyle the reader has. Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule, but in general, you'll be more comfortable reading your favorite magazines, but you'll learn more from a newspaper.
No doubt students of journalism will be able to grab some pearls of wisdom from these lectures, but even those of us who only consume can learn a bit about the make-up and the nature of magazines. I am sure I will be reading magazines more analytically and perhaps more skeptically now.
(This review is based on a review copy received from NetGalley.)