Professor, 4 Alumni Contribute to New Book on Magazine Research

‘The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research’ Will Offer Historical Perspectives and Ideas for the Future

By Annie Rees

Columbia, Mo. (March 31, 2015) — A forthcoming book of extensive scholarship and research on the field of magazines has chapters by Associate Professor Berkley Hudson and four alumni of the Missouri School of Journalism: Vincent Filak, PhD ’03; Elizabeth Hendrickson, PhD ’08, MA ’05, BJ ’94; Elizabeth Lance, MA ’11; and Marcia Prior-Miller, MA ’81.

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research: The Future of the Magazine Form
The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research: The Future of the Magazine Form

David Abrahamson of Northwestern University‘s Medill School and Prior-Miller co-edited the book.

“The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research: The Future of the Magazine Form” will be published this summer. The book will offer readers a deeper understanding of the published research on magazines and the sociocultural realities the medium mirrors and influences.

The handbook contains 33 chapters by 39 authors from seven countries and surveys the last 20 to 25 years of scholarship on magazine journalism. Its chapters are broken into six sections: methodologies and structures; magazine publishing; magazines as textual communication; magazines as visual communication; the future of the magazine form; and pedagogical and curricular perspectives.

Hudson and Lance authored a chapter on magazines as visual communication, focused particularly on photography and illustrations in magazines: “Photography and illustration: The power and promise of the image.” Lance currently works as a research administrator at Northwestern University in Qatar.

Berkley Hudson, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Elizabeth Lance and Marcia Prior-Miller
Clockwise from top left: Berkley Hudson, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Marcia Prior-Miller and Elizabeth Lance.

Filak, who is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, focused his chapter on “Societal considerations: Uses and gratifications of magazines.”

Hendrickson, assistant professor of magazine/digital media at Ohio University‘s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, authored another chapter, “Autobiography and biography: Lives well lived in the magazine world.” The chapter considers scholarly studies from the last 20 years that focus on individuals whose professional contribution, taken as a whole, made magazines what they are today.

Prior-Miller, associate professor emeritus of Iowa State University‘s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, also contributed a chapter on operational theories of classifying magazines.

Hudson was a magazine and newspaper writer and editor for 25 years before joining the School. Since 2012, he has been the editor-in-chief of Visual Communication Quarterly. He teaches intermediate and advanced writing and the literature of journalism as well as a mass-media seminar.

Hudson’s research centers on American media history, visual studies, interviewing, media representation of racial conflict and narrative journalism.

Updated: August 4, 2020

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