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Communication Technology and New Media | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Publishing


Optimists have long hoped that digital communication would diversify media, but the realization of this dream is far from certain today. This study investigated the emerging opportunities available to independent magazine publishers through digital publishing methods, such as distributing their magazines through the Apple Newsstand. These publishing methods have the potential to diversify magazine publishing beyond the currently dominant offerings of major multinational magazine publishers. However, at the same time, a variety of limitations -- software and design expertise, public awareness and interest, and technology companies’ constraints on publishers -- may have already limited the ways these independent publishers can reach audiences.

Through in-depth interviews with independent digital magazine publishers, this study illuminated the effects of these factors on these publishers’ efforts to offer varied new perspectives to the public within the digital magazine medium. This study was presented on an invited research panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in August 2013, and it was published in volume 14 issue 2 of the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2013, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The student collaborator was Alyssa Townsend.

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