Creating A Magazine


Magazine Requirements:

1.      You will choose a magazine format which you will imitate. After analyzing the current magazine's format and the relevant style and content of the magazine's creators + the typical reader, you will create a magazine that mimics that format. Examples of Magazines you can choose from are:

    1. Time
    2. Newsweek
    3. Sports Illustrated
    4. Vogue
    5. McCall's
    6. Vanity Fair
    7. Harper's
    8. Ladies Home Journal
    9. Life
    10. Entertainment Weekly
    11. People
    12. Forbes
    13. Rolling Stone
  1. You will create a magazine with the following components according to the format of one above:
    1. Cover Page (Lead story, picture, title of magazine, editors/contributors, & date)
    2. Table of Contents (this has to be created last)
    3. Four feature or news articles. Articles must be written as if they could be in your model magazine during the time period you are focusing on. They can be about any significant event, trend or development during that time period.
    4. - Articles should be typed in column format, like a newspaper or magazine
    5. Keep margins of 1 inch all around

3.      The page on which your article is written should be in magazine format; that is, no large expanses of blank paper. You might wrap the article around a picture or an advertisement.

4.      Your articles must correspond to the date of your magazine and have some perspective of time. For instance, if your magazine is written in 1927, you cannot write about the stock market crash of 1929, and any articles about Babe Ruth must either be about the glorious 1927 season or retrospectives about his still vibrant career.

5.      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Include a properly formatted bibliography at the end of your article. For each article, you must use at least two sources of information


6.     Four supplementary pieces to the magazine.

You may not have more than two of each type in the magazine (These items should be original creations not a print out from a CD-rom or a copy of an advertisement you have seen in your research. They should combine your historical knowledge with your imagination. Each should be tailored to your magazine's audience).

         A graphic (map, chart, etc. with contextual explanation of at least 150 words)

         2 Advertisement (by private organizations or the government) You may copy images but you must create the text yourself. The ads must suit the audience of the magazine and be a popular product of the era.

         Letter to the Editor - on a current controversial issue

         Political Cartoon (must be created, not copied)


7.      You must have a clear position driving the Magazine and it must be supported with evidence found in your articles, supplementary pieces, etc.

Grading Standards and Due Dates

General Guidelines


1.      Position clearly stated.

2.      Accuracy in reporting.

3.      Accounts that are rich in detail, factual evidence, and that are interesting to read. The person who reads your magazine should learn much about the era!


1.      Imagination and creativity, both in writing and presentation

2.      Well-written articles including proper grammar and spelling. Use rich details in a logical order.

3.      A neat, professional, aesthetically pleasing magazine that is consistent with the model magazine you have chosen.



Point Values:

100 points

50 points for your news/ feature articles: Graded on quality of research, writing and analysis. Articles must be appropriate to the time period, support your position, and interesting to read.  Article must fit the style of the magazine type chosen (Time, People etc.)

20 points for each supplementary piece: Quality of artwork or writing essential. Appropriate analysis of the time period should be evident in each piece. Each piece must fit the style of the magazine type chosen.

30 points for overall magazine grade: How well do the articles fit together? Does the magazine feel like an issue of Vogue or Time?  Does the cover and table of contents give a good sense of the magazine?

Due Date:  May 1st