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Magazines: My dirty little secret

February 7th, 2008 · 9 Comments

It struck me while I was cleaning my apartment recently that, for someone who works in the newspaper industry, I subscribe to a lot of magazines. Not only do I get them in the mail, but I actually read them. And I don’t just glance through them, I read them cover to cover. As I remarked to a colleague, I have a hard time refusing a good deal on a magazine subscription.

I receive:

AJL, Bookmarks, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Fast Company, Fortune, Gourmet, Inc., Portfolio, Time, The Week, The Wilson Quarterly, Vanity Fair, Wired

While I think there is a separate post that I can write about why I read magazines, what I get from them and the lessons my experience holds for newsrooms, that’s not my present intention.

Today, I just have a question for you, I want to know what (if any) magazines do you read and why? I’ve shared my list, now it’s time to share yours.

Tags: Innovation · Magazines

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark Dykeman // Feb 7, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Haven’t been reading as many magazines recently as I have in the past, especially since so many are online now.

    However, past favorites that I would continue to read include:

    Harper’s Magazine
    The Atlantic
    The Economist
    Business Week

    No current subscriptions, however…

  • 2 Sean Polay // Feb 7, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I’ve cut way back over the years. I used to receive a lot more, but I realized they were becoming dust collectors and Leaning-Tower-of-Pisa-like piles around our living room, so I let a lot of subscriptions expire. I no longer even open professional rate offers anymore, so I may fully resist the temptation to subscribe.

    Here’s what remains:

    Edible Cape Cod, Yankee, Gourmet, Boston Globe Magazine, Editor & Publisher, Presstime, Newspapers & Technology, Cape Cod Life, and Nantucket Today.

  • 3 Steve Woodward // Feb 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    My wife and I subscribe to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Discover and Sunset.

    My 21-year-old daughter subscribes to Vogue, Lucky, Domino and Cosmopolitan.

  • 4 Wendy Withers // Feb 7, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I’m an avid reader of Bitch, Bust, Heeb, figure, Utne Reader, Ms., Newsweek, Missbehave, Tricycle, Curve Magazine, and Nylon. I’m a magazine and blogoholic; one day I’ll live in a cramped apartment with old magazines stacked to the ceiling. They’ll fall on me, and my cats will eat me.

  • 5 Yoni Greenbaum // Feb 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    @ Steve – Never heard of Sunset, I’ll look it up online.

    @Wendy – That has to be the most diverse list of magazines I think I’ve come across. And if you leave out dry food for your cats, they won’t likely have to go after you.

  • 6 Steve Woodward // Feb 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    @Yoni – Sunset is a travel magazine that focuses on the American West.

    @Wendy – Damn, woman. Can I just come hang out with you sometime? 😉

    Everyone should check out Brijit, which is a new digest of 100 major print, online and broadcast magazines. You can scan content quickly, then click through to only those articles or publications you want to read. Saves time, money and the agony of deciding which magazines you really want to subscribe to.

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  • 8 JohnofScribbleSheet // Feb 8, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Many of us still have this secret, for the last carnival of journalism I wrote an article about the magazine industry and the web. I have faith in magazines more than papers.


  • 9 tom // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I tried this once already, hopefully I can get this to work.
    I currently subscribe to Harper’s, CJR, the Sunday New York Times magazine (and book review). In recent years, I let my subscriptions to Atlantic Monthly, Business Week and the New Yorker lapse. I regret not having the time or money to keep up my Economist subscription.
    Other airplane favorites: Four Four Two, Wired and Us Weekly.
    Old school favorites: Raygun, Big Brother (the progenitors of Jackass), Thrasher and Maximum Rock & Roll.

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