Updated: 06/23/2013

The Print Media - 12





Part IV



The Top Magazines,

Historic Chronology

>>The top-20 U.S. magazines by circulation at the beginning of 2010 are listed below.

Some of the magazines are free, others are by subscription. The date listed (when available) is when the magazine was founded.  Also noted is the publisher.

You might be surprised that some magazines you've never heard of are in this top-20 list.

1 AARP The Magazine, 24,371,637 1958, AARP
2 AARP Bulletin, 24,042,603 1960, AARP
3 The Costco Connection, 8,112,420, Costco
4 Better Homes and Gardens, 7,621,786 1922, Meredith Corporation
5 Reader's Digest, 7,099,558 1922, The Reader's Digest Association
6 Food & Family, 5,261,003 2000, Kraft Foods/Meredith Corporation
7 Good Housekeeping, 4,652,904 1885, Hearst Corporation
8 National Geographic, 4,495,931 1888, National Geographic Society
9 Woman's Day, 3,966,414 1931, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (Lagardère)
10 Ladies' Home Journal, 33,858,773 1883, Meredith Corporation
11 Family Circle, 3,823,253 1932, Meredith Corporation
12 Game Informer, 3,805,038 1991, GameStop
13 People, 3,613,902 1974 Time Inc. (Time Warner)
14 Time, 3,329,429 1923, Time Inc. (Time Warner)
15 Taste of Home, 3,215,228 1993, Reiman Publications/The Reader's Digest Association
16 Sports Illustrated, 3,201,524 1954, Time Inc. (Time Warner)
17 Cosmopolitan, 3,001,894 1886, Hearst Corporation
18 Prevention, 2,900,193 1950, Rodale Inc.
19 Southern Living, 2,855,973 1966, Southern Progress Corporation/Time Inc. (Time Warner)
20 Via, 2,767,064, American Automobile Association

>>The chart below lists 12 key periods in the history of magazines.


First Magazine Published in America


Rapid magazine growth due to increased literacy and decline in postage rates for magazines


McLure's magazine starts "muckraking" in mass circulation magazines


Time becomes first weekly newsmagazine


Life becomes first picture magazine; launches photojournalism


Life graphically documents the progress of World War II with weekly photos


Television results in major drop in magazine ad revenue and circulation


Saturday Evening Post, which was one of the first and most successful general interest magazines, ceases publication


Specialized magazines start a boom in niche magazines that continues today


Life magazine stops publication as a monthly; Ms magazine launched


Magazines begin publishing on the Internet


Zines (Internet magazines) published by thousands of home-based publishers

>>And finally, here are Internet links to a few popular magazines and resources:

>>This concludes the Film, Radio, TV, Internet, Book, Newspaper, and Magazine sections of the Mass Media Cybercourse. 

As a follow-up to this cybercouse you might be interested in an in-depth interactive course in television production.


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