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

One way to react to the digitization of magazines is to experiment with the physical nature of the publications as tangible things. There’s been a return to the sensual pleasure of ink on paper and luxuriant design, especially at small, independent magazines. Some innovators, however, are going even further and creating magazines of things — [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

For magazine lovers, traveling used to mean loading up on print editions to read on the road, and then packing up exotic publications as souvenirs to bring home. Your location really mattered for magazine selections when print was the only way to get publications from specific places. Today your location still matters — except when [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Lots of great magazine apps rely on the content and reputation of traditional print magazines. There are also many great independent magazine apps, blazing their own pixelated paths. But apps that challenge the definition of “a magazine”? There are fewer of those, to be sure. Here are five apps that — because of form, content [...] more »

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Ah, that awkward moment when you’re interviewing someone about online advertising and you have to pause to quit your ad-blocking browser plugin so you can view a sample ad. Click on the image for the entire series. Clearly, I’m part of the problem, not the solution, for magazines trying to develop online monetization opportunities for [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

“Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity,” read the headline of a recent article at The Onion. A (fictional) Internet user commented: “Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience…I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Political magazines have found a new way to be opinion leaders during this election — in just 140 characters. Twitter is helping them publicize their print and online content and offer real-time interpretation and analysis. Reaching audiences well beyond their print readership, these magazines’ tweets may be affecting conversations about the election in intriguing ways. [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

The big news in the magazine industry last week was that Newsweek, founded nearly eight decades ago, is moving to a digital-only product after a final print edition on December 31. The timing is remarkable. Three years ago this week, I wrote my first piece for MediaShift about a similar announcement from much-beloved food and [...] more »

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When college students get a syllabus on the first day of class, they expect it to lay out exactly what will happen during the course: its goals, tasks and deadlines. Finding that they’re expected to deal with “flexibility,” “adaptability,” “rapid change,” and “making mistakes” might be unnerving. However, those are likely to be the characteristics [...] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Sometimes, it takes more than one storyteller to get a story right — especially when the subjects of the story are members of a community that often feels misrepresented by media. Thanks to multimedia storytelling tool Cowbird, photographer Aaron Huey and National Geographic were able to collaborate with the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation [...] more »

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Embracing disruption? Rethinking everything? These are frightening demands in the world of higher education, usually hesitant to change. But for journalism educators, facing those fears is now a necessary part of their work. Before the audience he called the “most important” that he could address about the future of journalism, Richard Gingras, head of news [...] more »