By Sarah Mattes
I don’t know about you but when I talk about my magazine journalism major all my friends and family say, “Well good luck trying to find a job!” or “Will magazines even be around when you graduate?” They see the field of magazines not being around in the next coming years. Who can blame them, everything they read or see in the news says so, but what is the truth?
As of September 11, another large magazine closed up shop after 25 years in the industry. “Food Arts” announced its closure over its FaceBook page. They are among many others who closed their doors this year including Ladies Home Journal. It is sad and very nerve-wracking for a lot of us magazine majors, but does this mean the industry as a whole is dying?
Today’s magazine world consists of print, apps, Tablet versions, blogs, websites all in the hopes of drawing more people in and then keeping them in. With all of these different formats now available for people the print version is suffering. Many magazines have even gone solely electronic, they cancelled their print version but are keeping their electronic products going. Do you think this is where the future of magazines is headed, to a solely electronic based product?
Personally, I believe that the print magazine will never die. As much as technology has evolved there will always be a niche of people that prefer the print version, especially me And isn’t that what magazines are all about, catering to different niches.