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The Magazines Handbook

4th Edition

By Jenny McKay


360 pages

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The Magazines Handbook is an introductory guide to all aspects of magazine journalism and publishing. The book explores the latest innovations in digital design and delivery, whilst also reaffirming the continued importance of key journalistic skills, including good interviewing, feature writing and news writing. The book includes chapters on the visual aspects of magazines, such as illustration and picture editing, and chapters covering the business background of this increasingly global industry. Jenny McKay offers tips on training and work experience as well as outlining the function of various editorial jobs. Profiles of four young journalists give a flavour of life in the early years of a career.

Chapters include:

  • advice on embarking on a career in magazine journalism;
  • an overview of magazine design and the production process;
  • analysis of the state of the magazine industry today, with a look to its future;
  • a discussion of legal issues related to magazine journalism;
  • a glossary of key terms and recommended reading in every chapter.


Now in its fourth edition, The Magazines Handbook offers a nuanced and reflective account of periodical journalism, ideal for students of journalism and budding professionals who are seeking a useful starting point for wide-ranging academic discussion about magazines.

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Training for magazine journalism Chapter 3: Jobs and careers in magazine journalism Chapter 4: Freelance journalism Chapter 5: Ideas and information Chapter 6: Writing: where to start Chapter 7: News writing Chapter 8: Features writing Chapter 9: Interviews 1: chasing the quotes Chapter 10: Interviews 2: chasing the stars Chapter 11: Subediting and production Chapter 12: Magazines in the digital world by Tim Holmes Chapter 13: Magazine design by Tim Holmes Chapter 14: Magazine illustration and picture editing by Phil Cullen with Tom Ang Chapter 15: The business of magazine publishing Chapter 16: The magazine industry Chapter 17: Issues of conduct Chapter 18: The magazine journalist and the law by Carole Watson with Linda Ventry (Scots law); Glossary; Bibliography; Index

About the Author

Jenny McKay studied medieval English at Oxford University, UK, where she edited the student magazine Isis. As a journalist she worked in magazines, newspapers and television, as well as international charities. She has taught magazine journalism in several universities while developing her research into literary journalism.

About the Series

Media Practice

The Media Practice handbooks are comprehensive resource books for students of media and journalism, and for anyone planning a career as a media professional. Each handbook combines a clear introduction to understanding how the media work with practical information about the structure, processes and skills involved in working in today’s media industries, providing not only a guide on ‘how to do it’ but also a critical reflection on contemporary media practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies