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

Today’s journalism and media students may produce all kinds of projects. They might code websites, develop multimedia, build devices and contribute to a huge range of collaborative efforts that require both new ways of thinking and innovative ways of working within schools’ physical spaces. I recently talked with faculty at four institutions who are creating [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Time Warner recently parted ways with its magazine unit, Time Inc., making Time Inc. its own independent magazine media company. Reactions to the move ranged from skepticism to hesitant optimism, and left magazine industry observers wondering if Time Inc. can reinvent itself for success as it approaches its hundredth year of operation. Though it’s tempting [...] more »

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Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series from Susan Currie Sivek on magazines and analytics. Click here for part one. Magazines have made major strides in integrating multimedia production into their existing production processes. Digital projects that used to be tacked on to print content are now, in many cases, seamlessly developed [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. Click here for part two. For many magazines, creating multimedia to complement their print editions used to be an awkward addition to their long-refined print publication process. But today, many magazines have at last redesigned their workflows to smoothly incorporate multimedia development. Multimedia for the [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

It seems like a simple task: Keep track of new magazine launches, monitor the results, and see how much the industry grows and changes. But when you start digging into that project in more detail, it gets complicated. What qualifies as a magazine? (Yes, that question, again.) Which platforms “count?” And the bigger concern: How [...] more »

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 »