Magazine is one of the major mass media. Magazine is a
collection of articles and stories. Usually magazines also contain
The earliest magazines developed from newspapers and
booksellers catalogs. Such catalogs first appeared during the
1600's in France. In the 1700's pamphlets published at regular
intervals appeared in England and America. They were literary
publications. One of the first British magazines "The
Gentleman's Magazine" was published from 1731 to 1914.
The first American magazine was called the "American
Magazine", or "A Monthly View".
Magazines provide information on a wide range of topics
such as business, culture, hobbies, medicine, religion, science,
and sports. Some magazines entertain their readers with
fie- tion, poetry, photography or articles about TV, or movie
Magazines are designed to be kept for a longer time in
comparison to newspapers and that is why they are printed
on a better paper and have covers. Magayines, unlike newspapers, do not focus on daily, rapidly changing events.
There are specialized magazines intended for special business,
industrial and professional groups, and consumer magazines
intended for general public. There are several kinds
of consumer magazines.
Children's magazines contain stories, jokes, articles on
subjects especially interesting for children and instructions
for making games or useful items.
Hobby magazines are intended for collectors of coins,
stamps, and other items; people interested in certain sports or
games; photography enthusiasts.
Intellectual magazines provide analysis of current cultural
and political events. Many of them publish fiction and poetry
Men's magazines focus on such topics as adventure, entertainment, men's fashion and sports.
Women's magazines deal with child-raising, fashion trends,
romance. They offer ideas on cooking and home decorating.
Many of the monthlies with big circulations are women's
1. What did magazines develop from?
2. What is the name of the first US magazine?
3. What kinds of information do magazines provide?
4. What is the difference in contents between a magazine
and a newspaper?
5. What kind of magazines are there?
6. What do they deal with?