Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Christopher H. Sterling
Newsweeklies or news magazines have for over 80 years grown to become a journalistic mainstay in the United States and in many other countries. They typically seek to encapsulate the events of the previous week into digestible sections, helping to make clear what is important and often interpreting that news. The format was designed from the beginning to help busy readers with only limited reading time to learn of the most important (or at least interesting) news, trends, and people. In recent years, a pronounced shift from hard to softer news is evident in cover stories and overall content. Newsweeklies have always emphasized good writing, sometimes erratic style, and a growing use of photos and graphics. Most such publications are careful with facts and offer opinion in a gentle rather than overt fashion. They are intended for a general readership that has many pulls on its time, and thus by ...