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A history of Time: revolutionizing the news

Posted by: | October 27, 2014 | No Comment |

In 1923 two young journalists, Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden, came together under the goal of a magazine that could better deliver news to the mass public in a concise, informative manor.  Under this premise, Time Magazine was first published.

Within 4 years of the original publication, Time secured a subscription list of over 175,000 in the United states.  The weekly news magazine had captured the audience Luce and Hadden had wanted.  People were thirsty for a reliable source that contained the most important news of the moment.  Time Magazine was that news source.

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Image from: http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19230303,00.html

The first publications of Time were approximately 32 pages long, including advertisements, containing short articles that covered a variety of relevant news stories.  Today, Time is significantly longer and covers the fields of national and international affairs, business, education, science, medicine, law, religion, books, and the arts.

By looking through the archives of Time Magazine, one gains access to numerous  primary accounts of major events of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Almost more interesting than the content however, are the covers, for they often speak louder about the prominent news of the time than the articles inside them.  Time Magazine offers a gallery of covers which contains images of every cover of every issue of Time to have ever been published, so one may see this clearly.

Time is a magazine that was created to fill a void in journalism.  Thanks to the vision of Luce and Hadden, it was able to establish itself as one of the most prominent and set the precedent for news magazines to come.    

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