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DHUM 1010A - Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century : A Survival Guide. How Magazines Have Become Media Brands

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Particularly intended for students interested in the fast-moving media industry (magazines), the transition from print to digital, the culture of convergence and participation, transmedia evolutions, the management of enhanced digital contents and emerging new business models. No particular media knowledge/experience required, but a true and genuine interest in the media industry is a prerequisite.

Course Description

This class will expose students to magazine business history, economics and development strategy. It will endeavour to map the present challenges met by French/European magazines and how publishers are setting up development and reshifting strategies to transform traditional magazine titles into brands, managed like business units (print, digital, events, publishing, travel offers...). It also implies some assessment of how tablets and smartphones have changed reading habits, what media content is about nowadays, and how media corporations have revisited the « format based » formula and shifted to the “global content” approach. In other words, why and how magazines have become media brands.


HALBOUT, Grégoire (Associate Professor. Media Brand Development consultant.)

Course validation

1- Participation : 3/20. The grade will reflect the quality of each student's participation. 2- Individual short presentation : 4/20. Executive summary of the previous session (5 minutes max.) 3- Presentation in English : 7/20. 15 minutes (2 presenters). 4- Final Individual research paper : 6/20

Required reading

  • David A. Aaker, The New Strategic Brand Management: Creating Relevance, Differenciation, Energy, Leverage, and Clarity, New York, Free Press (Simon & Schuster), 2004 (
  • Paul Hodkinson, Media, Culture and Society, London & New York, Sage, 2011 (
  • Jean-Marie Charon, La presse magazine, Éditions de la découverte, « Repères », Paris, 2008 (On line / Lib.
  • Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture, NYU Press, New York, 2006 (

Additional required reading

  • Inside The New York Times, A. Rossi, USA, 2011, Participant Media/History Films (documentary)
  • The September Issue, R.J. Cutler, USA, 2009, A&E/IndieFilms, (documentary)