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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.
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?