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Peck, Abe; Malthouse, Edward C. Medill on Engagement. New York: Hampton Press, 2010.
Peck and Malthouse edited this volume in which 17 faculty members from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and its Media Management Center explore how content creators, including magazine editors, provide rich, engaging experiences for their audiences.
Abrahamson, David. Magazine Made America: The Cultural Transformation of the Postwar Periodical. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 1996.
Abrahamson provides a comprehensive examination of the history of the magazine industry since WWII.
Blanchard, Margaret A. History of the Mass Media in the United States. New York: Routledge, 1998.
Blanchard’s wide-ranging survey of American media covers everything from the founding of the nation’s first newspaper in 1690 to the media impact on culture and conflict up to the dawn of the 21st century.
Janello, Amy; Jones, Brennon. The American Magazine. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991.
Janello and Jones explore the history of American consumer magazines in this lavish pictorial volume that was commissioned by Magazine Publishers of America and the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Johnson, John H. Succeeding Against the Odd: The Autobiography of a Great American Businessman. New York: Warner Books, 1992.
Autobiography of the influential publisher and entrepreneur.
Peterson, Theodore. A. Magazines in the 20th Century. Champaign-Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1964.
Endres, Kathleen L. and Lueck, Therese. Women’s Magazines in the United States: Consumer Magazines. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.
This reference guide contains profiles of 75 American women’s magazines, some dating back to the 18th century.
Kent, George E. A Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1993.
Kent offers the first full-scale biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
Powers, Richard. Generosity: An Enhancemenet. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Powers’ ambitious novel explores the nature of happiness and the ethics of scientific inquiry and human experimentation.
Sager, Mike. “I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes,” Esquire. New York, August 2001.
Sager’s long-form profile of the alleged multiple personality disorders of comedienne and television personality Roseanne Barr.
Brewer, Robert Lee. Writer’s Market 2013. New York. Writer’s Digest Books, 2013.
Annually updated guide to a number of freelance writing opportunities.
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The Playboy Interviews. New York: M Press, 2006.
A five-volume series that features some of the most compelling of Playboy magazine’s legendary interviews. The volumes include They Played the Game, featuring athletes such as Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Lance Armstrong and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Movers and Shakers, featuring the likes of Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Malcolm Forbes; and The Directors, which includes Orson Wells, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and Spike Lee.
Wenner, Jann, The Rolling Stone Interviews.New York: Back Bay Books, 2007.
Wenner, Rolling Stone founder and editor, has collected some of the best Rolling Stone interviews conducted between the end of the 1960s and the mid-2000s. The book contains interviews with rock stars, movie stars and cultural icons, including John Lennon, Oriana Fallaci, Jim Morrison, Tina Turner, Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.
Dranov, Paula, “Protect Your Breast Health Now: The latest findings on what really works to reduce your risk,” Ladies’ Home Journal, October 2005.
Dunn, Jancee, “Natural Selection,” Vogue, December 2012.
Kaplan, James, “A Life That Matters,” Parade, June 10, 2007.
Jacobi, Peter P. The Magazine Article. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1991.
Ward, Hiley H. Magazine and Feature Writing. Mayfield Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1993.
Jetter, Alexis “The ER Drama You Won’t Believe,” Reader’s Digest, November 2005.
Navasky, Victor and Cornog, Evan; The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
Navasky and Cornog compile essays by a variety of editors, writers, art directors and publishers, who discuss the importance of things like fact checking and copy editing.
Harrison Smith, Sarah. The Fact Checker’s Bible. New York: Anchor Press, 2004.
A complete guide to the art and craft of fact checking.
Wilber, Rick. Magazine Feature Writing. New York: St. Martin’s Press 1995.
A guide to preparing and writing magazine articles.
Wolfe, Tom, The New Journalism. New York: Picador Books, 1973.
Wolfe’s anthology and exultation of the of the work of his peers, including Joan Didion, Truman Capote, George Plimpton, Joe Eszterhaus and Hunter S. Thompson.
Boynton, Robert. The New New Journalism: Conversations with American’s Nonfiction Writers on their Craft. New York: Vintage, 2005.
Boynton conducts interviews with 19 writers who ruminate on a range of issues, from how they find stories to how to conduct interviews.
Harrington, Walter. Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1997.
Sims, Norman. The Literary Journalists. New York: Ballantine Books, 1984.
A collection of writing and interviews with some of the 20th century’s best practitioners of the craft of narrative nonfiction.
Sims, Norman and Kramer, Mark. Literary Journalism. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995.
Updated version of Sims’ 1984 collection of stories and interviews.
Reed, Rex. People are Crazy Here. New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
A collection of profiles of showbiz types by the acerbic former film critic.
Remnick, David. Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker. New York: Modern Library, 2001.
A collection of 75 years’ worth of New Yorker profiles, curated by Remnick, the magazine’s current editor.
Tynan, Kenneth. The Sound of Two Hands Clapping. New York: De Capo Press, 1975.
A collection of critical profiles of a wide range of celebrities by the British theater and film critic.
Morrish, John and Bradshaw, Paul. Magazine Editing In Print and Online. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Morrish and Bradshaw’s examination of the magazine editor’s art includes a look at the crafting of front-of-the-book service and how-to material.
Evans, Robert Michael. The Layers of Magazine Editing. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
Evans’ editing manual also discusses the tone and style of service material.
DeCurtis, Anthony. In Other Words: Artists Talk about Life and Work. Milwaukee, WI., 2005.
This volume features articles and essays on a number of music and entertainment personalities by the prolific DeCurtis, whose work has appeared in a number of publications, from The New York Times magazine to Rolling Stone.
Ebert, Roger. Your Movie Sucks. Kansas City, Mo: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2007.
A collection of some of the most scathing reviews by the venerable television personality and film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Kael, Pauline. I Lost It at the Movies. London: Marion Boyars Publishing, 1965.
This collection of essays by one of the 20th century’s most influential critics charts the genesis of her love affair with cinema.
Halberstam, David; Stout, Gary. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century. Boston, MA:
Mariner Books, 1999.
The late historian, Halberstam, and prolific ghostwriter, Stout, collect a wide range of brilliant examples of great American sports writing, from Gay Talese’s brilliant 1966 profile of Joe DiMaggio to a package of six pieces all devoted to Muhammad Ali.
Smith, Gary. Beyond the Game: The Collected Sports Writing of Gary Smith. New York: Grove Press, 2001.
A collection of 15 profiles by one of America’s most celebrated sports writers.
Wilstein, Steve. Associated Press Sports Writing Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Veteran AP sportswriter Wilstein offers tips for aspiring sports writers of all stripes and all media.
George, Don. Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. New York: Lonely Planet, 2009.
A how-to guide that provides new travel writers with such practical tips on everything from how to conduct pre-trip and on-the-road research to effective interviewing techniques.
Turner, James. The Writer's Handbook Guide to Travel Writing. London: Pan Macmillan, 2004.
A guide that offers practical advice to budding travel writers; also includes interviews with leading writers and editors.
Hitchens, Christopher. Arguably. New York: Twelve, 2011.
In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Hitchens, a contributor to Vanity Fair, Slate and The Atlantic, offers his musings on everything from conflict in the Middle East to Harry Potter.
Franzen, Jonathan. How to be Alone. New York: Picador, 2003.
Cultural criticism and personal reflections from the National Book Award-winning novelist and essayist, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and Harper’s.
Sedaris, David. When You Are Engulfed in Flames. New York: Little Brown, 2008.
A collection of 22 sardonic essays by the quirky New Yorker contributor.
Drueding, Megan, “Top Firm: Marlon Blackwell Architect,” Residential Architect, Sept–October, 2011; pp. 22–23.
Clinton, Patrick. The Guide to Writing for the Business Press. Lincolnwood, Ill.: 1996; NTC Business Books, The Business Press Educational Foundation, Inc.
Thornburg, Ryan M. Producing Online News: Digital Skills, Stronger Stories. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010.
A guide to skills necessary for developing compelling stories for digital presentation.
Ward, Mike. Journalism Online. New York: Focal Press, 2002.
Book and companion website that serve as a primer for journalists who are just beginning to dip a toe in the digital waters.
Christians, Clifford G.; Fackler, Mark; Richardson, Kathy Brittain; Kreshel, Peggy J.; Woods, Robert H. (Eds). Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning, 9th Edition. Boston: Pearson, 2011.
Provides contemporary cases and framework for development of moral reasoning in sorting real-world ethical dilemmas in media.
Moore, Roy L. and Murray, Michael D. Media Law and Ethics, 4th Edition. New York: Routledge, 2011.
A presentation of media law and principles, providing a helpful connection between legal understanding and moral reasoning.
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