Category Archives: Magazine

Seventeen (magazine) by Hearst Publishing

seventeenBibliographic Information:

Seventeen. (1944). Harlan, IA: Hearst Communications. (ISSN: 0037-301X)

Plot Summary:

Seventeen is a teen magazine, marketing to young women, that publishes monthly.

Critical Evaluation:

With its glossy pictures, snappy headlines, and celebrity news, Seventeen caters to teenagers interested in fashion and entertainment news. It has sections on fashion, beauty, love, and health.

Reader’s Annotation:

Seventeen is monthly magazine that strives to keep up the teenage girl up to date on fashion, make-up, and entertainment news.

Information About the Author:

Hearst Magazines, according to the Hearst website (2013), “is one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines. The company has 20 US titles and 20 titles in the United Kingdom and about 300 international editions.

A list of their titles include many popular young adult titles including Marie Claire, Road & Track, ELLE, Car and Driver, and Popular Mechanics.

Genre:

  • Magazine

Curriculum Ties:

  • Media class

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

The material in the magazine is intended for entertainment. This magazine has no pretensions of including “serious journalism.” This could result in challenges surrounding the quality of the magazine or how women are depicted.

Challenge plan:

  1. Listen to the critic to understand what the concerns are.
    • Ask if he/she has read the book
    • Ask if he/she has spoken to his/her child       about the concerns.
  2. Explain rationale for including the book in the collection
    • Provide CLA Position Statement on       Intellectual Freedom and CLA’s Position Statement of Diversity and Inclusion       documents
    • Provide school’s selection policy
    • Provide list of reviews/lists
  3. If necessary, provide a “Request for Reconsideration form”

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Teen collections need to have the fun and light materials as well as more serious literature. Seventeen does support literacy by appealing to reluctant readers and it does focus on some teenage girls’ interests in clothes, make-up, and fashion.

References:

Hearst magazines. (2009). Retrieved March 22, 2013 from http://www.hearst.com/magazines/

Seventeen website: http://www.seventeen.com/

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Sports Illustrated (magazine)

sports illustratedSports illustrated: Magazine. (1954). Los Angeles, CA, etc: Time, Inc..

Plot Summary:

Sports Illustrated includes interviews with celebrity sport figures including athletes, coaches, and analysts. It also includes statistics and summaries of the current sports seasons.

Critical Evaluation:

Sports Illustrated focuses, primarily on American sports and athletes. It provides weekly coverage about the current sports seasons. Major sports such as football, baseball, and hockey are covered.

The magazine is visually appealing as it is filled with full page actions shots and candid pictures. The magazine is supplemented by the Sports Illustrated website  which includes multimedia segments.

Reader’s Annotation:

Sports Illustrated is a weekly sports magazine for the fan to stay in touch with his favorite sport.

Information About the Author:

According to the Time, Inc website, Time is one of the largest magazine publishers in the United States. They publish a large variety of lifestyle magazines including People, Cooking Light, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, and Time.

Genre:

  • Realistic
  • Sports
  • Current events

Curriculum Ties:

  • Current events
  • Media studies
  • Expository writing

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Can be included in any booktalk involving sports and sports related materials.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • Swimsuit issue treatment of women as sex objects

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

  • Very popular magazine with adolescent boys who enjoy sports.
  • According to Time website, the The Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Launch Week 2012 won a 2013 FAME Award for Best Special Event
  • Webber (2009), in a School Library Journal article indicates that “if you only have space for one sports magazine, this should be it”.

PC Gamer

PC gamer

PC gamer. (1990). Burlingame, CA: GP Publications. (ISSN 1080-4471)

Plot Summary:

PC Gamer focuses on games played on PC.

Critical Evaluation:

Computer games continue to be a popular recreational activity among young men. Filled with glossy coloured images featuring characters and scenes from games, PC gamer advertises upcoming games through exclusive reviews of upcoming games and special deals.

The main selling features from the player’s perspective are the cheats and strategy guides that help players move successfully through their favorite games.

The magazine is supplemented by the PC Gamer website, which should be linked on the catalogue.

Reader’s Annotation:

Includes hints, cheats and strategy guides for popular games. Also provides news and reviews of upcoming games.

Information About the Author:

According to the PC gamer website, PC Gamer is part of Future pic, an international media group. Future pic produces content in five area: Sports, Creative, Music, Entertainment, and Technology. “Future is the PPA and AOP Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year.”

Genre:

  • Entertainment
  • Video games
  • Hi/Lo – Reluctant Readers

Curriculum Ties:

  • Media classes to discuss the concept of writing for ones’ audience and tone.
  • Expository writing and persuasive writing.

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Use as an alternative title when presenting new materials to teenage boys that do not like reading novels
  • Gaming options

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 14 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Not all readers read novels. Nonfiction, current events, and entertainment resources can encourage the teenager who considers himself a nonreader to read. Further, teenage boys represent a significant percentage of gamers. PC Gamer will interest this population.

Further, it was a suggested title in the School Library Journal article “The Good, The Bad, and the Edgy” by Julie Bartel. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA621754.html