Magazine research offers a plethora of opportunities. Here are some research questions to consider:

  • How do we define magazines in the digital age? Where do we draw the line between magazines and lifestyle blogs? Are podcasts, such as Serial, a form of magazine media? What about Buzzfeed?
  • What have been the effects of technological change on magazines’ consumption nd production? What organizational tensions have emerged as a result of new demands on magazine staffs? How have the audience motivations to buy and read magazines changed?
  • How are magazines evolving as communities of memory or interpretive communities? How has interactivity gratified and/or exploited magazine readers who increasingly participate in the production of digital content?
  • Most magazines are known as staunch defenders of the status quo. How has magazine content changed in an era when minority voices supposedly have the venue to be heard online and when traditional gatekeepers have lost their power to select and emphasize content?
  • Where are magazines coming from? Where are they going? And why should we care?

If you are interested in any or all of these questions, we hope that you would consider submitting a research paper to the Magazine Media division for presentation at the 2017 conference in Chicago. Please email Pamela Nettleton, our research chair, with any questions.

And don’t forget about our $1,000 research grant! ¬†Applications are due Nov. 15.