Print Media in Cinema

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Print media plays a strong role in the world of film journalism. Recently because of the digital revolution there have been a number of websites that have dominated the online world of film journalism. These are Deadline, Indiewire, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Two of these sites are the top trade magazines of the business and have been for some time. They are Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. They’ve been nicknamed the “trades”. These magazines are widely read by the people working in the industry and cover the vast majority of news that there is. The subscription is quite substantial, $199 for a year of print and digital or $99 for a year of only digital for a subscription to Variety. The Hollywood Reporter has the same prices except there is a third option of $120 a year to be able to access your digital copies on you laptop instead of just on your iPad. This makes is quite expensive for some one that is just curious or interested in the field, but for professional in the industry one or both of these trade magazines is almost a necessity.

These trade magazines have changed substantially over the years. For example it used to be printed and delivered like a small newspaper. Now a days there are digital versions and the websites. Granted the websites don’t have near the amount of content as the subscribers are privy to in the print and digital versions. Because the trade magazines are so specialized it might take a long time, but sooner or later the print versions will probably die off and be replaced by the digital versions of the trade magazines.

Books play a minor role in film journalism, but there are many that tell the stories of cinema history from a relatively long time ago to a short time ago.

This book tells the story of a transitioning Hollywood during the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are many books like this. Some people even take a single year in cinematic history and write a book about it. These books have a very small market, but a dedicated reading base. The books have not changed that much, but I expect they will end up transitioning with the rest of the publishing industry to the e-book format whenever that happens. It could be a good thing for this type of book considering the small audience.

-Irving the giant lizard

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