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I have a new found adoration for Newsweek. As a US native currently living in the UK, I've been trying to take in as much international news as I can, while at the same time keeping up with publications back home. Recently, I stumbled upon one of Newsweek's op-ed pieces, and I was instantly hooked. Not only was the piece well organized and professionally written, it had flavor and character, and provoked the kind of thought that you would expect from an excellent commentary piece. I've since been scouring Newsweek.com for more of these brilliant bits, and they are everywhere. I find myself feeling emotional response to the topics, whether it be laughing to myself, scoffing at something unbelievable, getting angry at the argument being made, or nodding in agreement. Very few articles have ever had this effect on me before, and it's a welcomed twist on getting news the typical way. Newsweek offers editorial and commentary in their op-ed pieces and blogs that require reader interaction, even if it only is so much as to force you to really consider the topic at hand. For anyone who isn't afraid to question current events, I highly recommend checking out some of what's being published by Newsweek. Whether you agree or disagree with the actual content, you won't be able to deny that this is a compelling way to deliver news, information and multiple sides to every coin.
Ive subscribed to the American weekly magazine Newsweek International for more years than I remember, I read it partly for my own information and partly as a source for texts for my A-level students of English - the magazine has nearly always proved satisfactory, Id like to tell you what it offers and what I like about it. First and foremost there is its length or rather its shortness, an issue has about 65 pages on average meaning that I can read it from cover to cover in one afternoon.
Now lets open an issue, we first get to the page Top of the Week with the table of content, the cover story is introduced with one short paragraph, it isnt necessarily the first article, though, the first section of the mag is dedicated to international politics, the articles are listed in the order in which they appear either under general headlines like Europe, Asia, US or the names of single countries. The following section contains subjects like business, society, Arts, science, books, movies, but not all of these are dealt with in each issue; the last section is called Departments containing Periscope, Perspectives, World View, The Good Life, The Last Word, these subjects can be found in all issues, although theyre listed at the end of the table of content, theyre spread throughout the magazine.
In this review Im concentrating on one issue, namely the one from March 19, 2007, in order not to make my description too abstract. The cover shows a greyish balloon in the shape of a high rise building and the title Defying Gravity in big letters with Why Ultra-Hot Cities like New York, Paris and Shanghai Soar, Even as Global Real Estate Cools in smaller print underneath. Before we come to the cover story proper we find Periscope, the first four pages highlight recent political issues in short paragraphs, some photos are interspersed. One page is called Perspectives showing one cartoon on a current political problem and some quotes by famous people or those who had their 15 minutes of fame during the week before.
The following page, headed Newsweek.com, gives lists and indices, and/or invites readers to take part in live votes or generally invites readers to learn more about certain subjects by clicking on links given on the page, something that is done throughout the mag under many articles. As the articles in Periscope are short and the pages have a lot of small photos I like to begin with it if I dont have enough time to plunge into reading the whole issue, they whet my appetite. Contrary to other mags I never begin with the last page working my way backward.
Periscope is followed by the page Technologist which has got mostly computer related information. After this we find two or three pages of letters to the editor, a section I like for two reasons: I dont always read the whole mag, it can even happen that I dont open an issue at all, then I can learn what Newsweek dealt with the week before by reading the letters, besides that I also like the international feel I get from looking at the senders names and the countries they write from, e.g., a woman with an English sounding name writes from Bangladesh on the French candidate for Presidency.
Then comes the page World View by Fareed Zakariah, the editor of the international edition. He either writes on US affairs or views the world from an American point of view, hes not uncritically pro-American, I find his essays sensible and balanced.
Only now do we get to the cover story which usually has a lot of photos sometimes covering a whole page. The issue from 19 March on the soaring real estate prices in some top cities of the world features Shanghai, Istanbul. London and Mumbai in detail, all in all it covers six pages including the photos. This is not much for a cover story, yet its definitely enough to get the message across.
Articles on the Kosovo, France, India and the USA made it into the section World Affairs, all accompanied by photos; Business covers the problems of the French-German collaboration on the Airbus as well as Chinas Exports, the modernisation of the Paris Metro system and the Hollywood film industry. Although Im no business expert and not overly interested in the subject, I always find something worth reading here.
After six pages, again with a lot of photos, the section Science begins, in the March 19 issue the first article is on the latest research results in anthropology. Newsweek is not a magazine aimed at specialists, anthropologists will certainly not be impressed, its aimed at educated readers who want to be informed about the latest scientific findings in a language they can understand. The style used by Newsweek journalists is formal, not flippant, but not too high-brow, either, it reads well. The following scientific subjects are religious illiteracy in the USA, the mathematical knowledge of medieval Islam, the powers of our consciousness, the recent activity of the Italian volcano Stromboli, twelve pages all in all including lots of photos.
The following seven pages of Arts cover the relationship of the MET opera and cinema, the expansion of the Uffizi in Florence and the literature boomers love, understandably, photos abound here. Then we come to The Good Life, I cant remember when this section was introduced, maybe two years ago. Im still in two minds about the three pages, on the one hand it seems obscene to be offered a bottle of a limited edition of Remy Martin cognac for 8,000 $ or to learn that I can take a champagne bath for 4,975 $ at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hongkong what with all the misery in the world, on the other hand Newsweek journalist do cover the misery of the world so that The Good Life can be seen as a counterweight to relax the mind. Looking at the ads posted in Newsweek which are all for high-class and expensive watches, cars, airlines, computers, educational institutes, offshore companies and the like I get the impression that Im not the No 1 target reader, global players are - in comparison to whom Im as poor as a church mouse, they obviously must be advised how to spend their money!
Now weve reached the end with the page Last Word giving excerpts of interviews with politicians or important people in one field or the other, here it is Roger Searle, the Durham University geophysics professor, whos a member of a group researching the bottom of the ocean.
Newsweek is not my only source of information but one I appreciate, I dont know how often Ive mentioned in conversation, Ive read about this in Newsweek, I know that Ive learnt a lot over the years. Yet I wont give it five stars because Im not content with it in the months preceding the election of the American President, I dont want to find page after page filled with detailed biogs of politicians Ive never heard of and probably will never hear of again. I wasnt content, either, with the special issue Voices of the Dead - the Iraq war in the Words of Americas Dead (April 2, 2007). This is an American topic, not an international one, Newsweek International can be bought in 40 countries the majority of which is not involved in the Iraq war.
The price for a single issue is 2,70 GBP. A subscription for 26 weeks costs 23.20 GBP, for 52 weeks 45,00 GBP, for 104 weeks 90,00 GBP which means ~ 86p for one issue, money well spent if you ask me. If you subscribe now, youll get a memory stick as a welcome present.
I have never bought Newsweek in this country, but quite occasionally when I'm at airports abroad I'll pick up a copy to read on the flight. It costs around £2.40 in the UK though special offers are frequently available if you are willing to commit to a subscription for a certain number of issues. The magazine is the same all over the world, apart from some insert advertisements that can be language specific - the issue in front of me is urging me to realised that Newsweek will help me "wissen, sehen und verstehen mehr" (know, see and understand more). If you've never heard of it, I would describe it as a current affairs magazine, similar to the Sunday Times' news review section. Though the magazine contains articles on the week's news, as the name would suggest, it has pieces on many other things too. It is supposed to be an international English language magazine, but the slant taken is very much an American one. A typical issue might include sections on: World Affairs - split into countries / regions, this is by fat the biggest section and features the pressing issues of the last week or ongoing ones from the last few months. Topics discussed are ones of interest (or not) to much of the world - Bin Laden, Pyongyang, Iraq and so on - with some very localised ones thrown in - several issues recently have had information on the upcoming presidential elections for example. Other nations' politics are not covered in as much detail, though I imagine important election results would be talked about following these events. Much more important, though, seem the social trends surrounding them - it's only a matter of time, I'm sure, before they pick up on the current revelations that whatever percentage it was of Brits would not vote for a Jewish Prime minister. Business - this is a mix of reports, interviews with business leaders and general interest articles relating to the work place. It is no
t the place to look for stock market alterations, but then it's a weekly magazine, so any share price changes would almost certainly be out of date before the latest issue hit the shelves. Science and Technology - Computers make up a big chunk of this section - the internet, robotic devices and software all featuring heavily. The findings from new studies are discussed, along with the conclusions that can (or must not) be drawn as a result. These can be long-winded at times - I have next to my computer an 8 page article on autism - but are generally interesting and formulated in a way easy to understand for scientists and non-scientists alike. Arts - relatively few pages are devoted to the coverage of this area, but in a typical issue you might get an article on an upcoming film or book, or very occasional dance or theatre production (these are less likely given the international market at which they are aiming). At times this appears to be a section they've really had to scrape to fill, and Newsweek is my no means the first place you should look for details of developments in this area. The Tip Sheet - the last magazine section, this features everything they haven't fitted in so far and reminds me very much of the BA general and business in-flight magazines. As the name would suggest, it contains tips - on everything from where to holiday (Tallinn is looking popular - and I may just be heading that way later this year) to what gadgets will be this season's must-haves to which cars are currently cool. It's a mixed section that understandably changes a lot each issue, meaning it's simply the luck of the draw as to whether or not the current issue's is worth reading. Adverts are present but not too plentiful. They are quite interesting to read because they give you an idea of what sort of readership the magazine is though to have - in this issue ones who will donate to Swiss hospital funds, ones who wear
Blancpain watches and ones who smoke Marlboro or might be tempted to start after having seen the hunk of a cowboy they're using to market the things. The magazine is big on pictures, and generally tell a story rather than just illustrating one. It is written in a formal manner, but one that is still easy to read. I would make a joke regarding the source of most articles, and the literacy level of the president of the country involved, but that might be nasty, so I won't. They had an interesting typo in this issue - Shite instead of Shiite - but apart from that everything looked fine. I would not read the magazine on a weekly basis, not least because half of it can so easily be out of date within days and there is no enough "non news" to warrant a regular investment. But, it does make an interesting read, if only to see the American stance on some current events. For the time being, I'll continue reading it occasionally while abroad thanks to the prominent cover prices for each currency, meaning they cannot over charge you as they do with so many other publications. Readable, but by no means essential has to be my final verdict.
I am not a US national, I am from middle east, but for a long time, Newsweek is my favorite magazine in the new sector, last year I asked my self a question: why Newsweek in name? The answer is a composition of advantages, include: Up-to-date, professionalism, accurate, high experience of its editors, high interest in telling the truth, cover all the world, high quality of paper type, high quality of photos, professional design and layout, Millions of readers defiantly they are right, and many more advantages
I have been a frequent reader of the Newswek magazine for the past five years and have never looked back on it. Newsweek is basically a current affairs magazine published weekly. It covers a wide range of topics from the usual happenings in the whole world with reports specially for Aisa,Europe and of course the United States, to other topics such as buisness, entertainment and the usual gossips of the celebrities round th ewhole world. The current afairs news is also ne and up to date and not some old new which has already gone stale. What you read in the newspapers just gives you a brief review of the event but Newsweek gives you a more comprehensive and in depth cover of whats really happenning together with some interesting inrerviews. It is basicallly investigaitve journalism. However I do find its articles sometimes to be a littl pro-western.......what do you expect when it is published in the great old USA!......but you cant have everything in life....or can you?