With a decline in printing costs magazines were no longer focused on the elite.
News magazines focus on well researched news presented in a succinct manner.
As photography grew in popularity so did picture magazines and photo journalism.
Many publications hired both new and established authors to write stories.
Pulp magazines are all-fiction publications named for its rough wood-pulp paper.
Mass circulation allowed news, stories, consumer goods, and fashions to be diffused and advertised to widespread audiences.
The transformation from general-interest to niche publications began with the popularization of television.
All types of female readers have always been important to the magazine industry.
Teen magazines target young women, offering stories on fashion, makeup, celebrity news, and lifestyles.
Celebrity magazines bring in enormous profits and help shape U.S. pop culture.
The most populated classification is that of hobby and special-interest magazines.
Magazines and Control of Information
The magazine industry dictates not only which stories get told but also how those stories are presented.
Most magazine websites include online-only content such as blogs and podcasts.
Magazines shy away from controversial content that can turn off advertisers.
Many advertisers are pulling expensive print ads in favor of cheaper, web-based advertisements.
The advent of online news sources has somewhat lessened the control that magazines have over information.
An enterprising reporter might arrange to get an advance copy of the speech so he can be more aware of how the speech is delivered. Indeed, the reporter can write much of the story prior to the actual speech.
Reporters must be cautious, however, for the speaker who discards his speech for another, or for speakers who make important impromptu remarks during the course of their speeches.
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