Susan Currie Sivek

Susan Currie Sivek, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Linfield College. She teaches media theory, writing, and editing, and does research on magazines, social media, and political communication.

by Susan Currie Sivek

Dear journalism and media students: The end is near. The end of college, that is. When you launch into the world from your comfortable collegiate nest, you’ll want to be prepared with a terrific portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills. You need a sleek, versatile digital residence that can host all the forms of [...] more »

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Starting a new magazine is no easy task in today’s competitive, complex media world, but a new book offers aspiring magazine entrepreneurs, students, and instructors a resource for the adventure. I recently interviewed Mary Hogarth, the author of the just-released book How to Launch a Magazine in this Digital Age. Hogarth is the leader of [...] more »

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First Look Media has gotten plenty of coverage for its strategy of creating “digital magazines” based on the work of specific journalists with unique voices who will dive deeply into focused topics. Its first magazine, The Intercept, went live on Feb. 10 and features reporting by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Like others, [...] more »

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Women’s magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips. However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole. Brooke Erin Duffy, an assistant professor in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, explains her findings in her [...] more »

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Rarely does a job opportunity circulate on Twitter with such enthusiasm. Called a “dream job” and a “really amazing opportunity,” or just introduced with “ooh” or “wow,” the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship competition clearly appealed to professionals and dreamers alike. The program represents a unique collaboration between a major media organization and the [...] more »

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Magazine publishers are experimenting with all sorts of different ways to get you to pay for their digital products, including single issues, subscriptions, “buffets” (like Next Issue) and package deals (like Zinio’s Z-Pass). But if you have a library card, you may be able to get quite a few digital magazines without paying anything at [...] more »

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The geeks have taken over the football stadium. The largest stadium in the U.S. was occupied on a recent weekend not by players and cheering fans, but by a hackathon that drew more than 1,200 students from colleges around the country. In another twist, the lead sponsor of this event wasn’t one of the major [...] more »

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Whether teaching magazine production or other types of journalism, educators sometimes want to create magazine-like collections of students’ work, sometimes with added multimedia. It would be nice if it were always possible to develop a multimedia publication using the most sophisticated, professional-level tools out there — but sometimes that just won’t work. A different approach [...] more »

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The age old question has cropped up again, but this time with a digital angle: Does a journalist today still need a degree in journalism? Journalism educators and professionals aren’t necessarily on the same page about what journalism students need to know to succeed — or whether students even need a journalism degree. According to [...] more »

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Digital magazine publishing is increasingly within reach for all kinds of content creators — big, small, non-profit, for profit. As another way to reuse existing content and reach audiences, digital magazines might especially appeal to non-profit and public media news organizations. At least two such organizations — ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting — have launched [...] more »