Today I went to the library and discovered the periodicals section. I have to admit, if it weren't for my online class assignment, I may have never made this trip.
For Part I, I listed a bunch of magazines that sparked my interest that I might be interested in reading and maybe writing for. For Part II, I consulted the Writer's Market to find print publications that interested me. Part III describes the journey and identifies one publication that really stood out to me.
Before the journey even started, I felt frustration in deciding what I wanted to do (and what I could reasonably do) for the “by foot” part of the assignment. After some contemplating, I decided I would go to the UCF library to look at their periodicals. I began my journey to finding publications at the library this morning. To be honest, I’d never been to the periodical section before (and didn’t even know it existed). I also had never really considered writing for a magazine before this class.
I was really surprised with how intrigued I was by the publications. Looking at them, feeling them, and smelling them (some of them had that nice new book smell!) made all the difference. Of course I could’ve looked up all of them online, but that just wouldn’t have been the same. I didn’t realize that until I was in the library touching all of the magazines. It felt a little weird for me at first, being in the library, looking through magazines, and taking pictures of them with my phone to remember which ones I’d looked at and found interesting. But I kind of lost myself in the exploration. I had no idea all of those publications even existed.
My list is a little long, but I chose them each for a reason (and if I went through each one to explain what interested me and why I looked at it, I would end up writing way too much, so I’m not going to do that). However, the general reason I chose all of the publications I did was because I felt I would want to read them. They each either had catchy covers, headlines, images, text, or a combination of all of those things. I chose publications of topics that interest me.
I think one of the magazines that interested me the most was Emmy. I initially wanted to look at it since the Emmys aired recently. The cover of the edition that I looked at was very unique. This edition featured Halle Berry on the front. It was like a trifold board that was split down the middle and you can open it up and see sort of another cover. It’s hard to explain, but it was really cool. The back also folded out and featured one of my favorite TV shows/comedians, Louie CK, and was a section of congratulations to FX’s primetime Emmy nominations. The overall feel of the magazine was really nice. The cover was thick and glossy. The inside featured catchy headlines such as “The YouTube Alternative” an article about Vimeo, “Reality Check” about a reality TV show production company owner, “The TV Gene Led Straight to Her Hart” about Rachel Bilson (plays character Zoe Hart) and how she was born into show business because of her father, and “Merger Mania” about AT&T and DirecTV merging.
The overall purpose and mission of the magazine seems to be to provide information about the field of television including professionals in the field, programming, and technology. I think the cover; with headlines such as “Out of This World: The dazzling Halle Berry sends summer into orbit with CBS’s spacey Extant”, “Cell Mates: Seth Meyers Phones Fred Armisen”, and “Their Best Episode Ever” gives off a sort of sensationalized vibe with the purpose of providing insider information about specifics of TV. I think that I could contribute by talking about what’s new with TV – technologies and new shows. I would like to interview people in the business for the magazine; for example, writers, producers, etc., I think that would be extremely fascinating!
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