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

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 »

by Susan Currie Sivek

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 »

by Susan Currie Sivek

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 »

by Susan Currie Sivek

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 »

by Susan Currie Sivek

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 »

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 »

by Susan Currie Sivek

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 »