Study Questions

  • Why were magazines the first "national" media?

  • Who founded Crisis, and why was it an important magazine?

  • Who were the "muckrakers?" What was the focus of their stories? Why did the muckraking movement end?

  • What magazines did Henry Luce start? What was the notable focus of each magazine?

  • What are the differences between the more traditional men's magazines, like Esquire and Playboy, and newer titles like Maxim and Men's Health?

  • What is a consequence of magazines using super-thin models? What are some of the recent reactions to this trend?

  • What is native advertising? Why is this a potential conflict of interest? 

  • What are the major trends in magazine publishing today? What are some alternative ways to access magazine content?