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Journalism Students' Latest New York Review of Magazines Offers Inside View of Magazine Industry

By Caroline Ladhani

New York Review of Magazines

Aspiring journalists at the Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism have produced the fourth issue of The New York Review of Magazines (NYRM) under the guidance of Victor Navasky, publisher of The Nation and Delacorte Professor of Journalism. The 64-page issue features stories on the editorial independence of Time Inc.-owned Entertainment Weekly and Essence, reviews of such magazines as demographically driven Heeb and Yolk, and conversations with corporate executives and editors.

"The theory behind this magazine about magazines is that students will learn about the world they are about to enter," said Navasky. "What I didn't expect was that they would actually make some news while reporting it."

Nearly one-third of the issue is devoted to a special section on women's magazines, which includes an article probing the effects of direct-to-consumer prescription medication ads flooding the pages of women's glossies. "Warning! Rx Ads in Large Doses May Cause Serious Side Effects" explores the hazards of pharmaceutical ads influencing coverage of health issues.

The topic of editorial independence is the focus of "Full Disclosure," which probes possible conflicts at Time Inc. and the risks of media conglomerates influencing editorial content. "Mag-O-Mercials: Catalogs in Disguise" weighs the principles behind custom publications such as Feat, a magazine funded by Rockport Shoe Company and published by Hachette Filipacchi.

"Behind the rumors, the secrecy and the obscure is the world of power and intrigue that is print media," write students Michael Scherer and Jacqueline Gallo of their new issue. "NYRM strips the blindfold off the public and takes readers there."

NYRM is published through the George Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism and distributed throughout New York City. The 14-member student editorial team was enrolled in the spring 2002 Producing a Magazine course.

For a complimentary copy of The New York Review of Magazines, write to the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, Journalism Building, Room 701. Or, call (212)854-6581.

Published: Aug 05, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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