Journalism and Multimedia Arts
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Cover lines, Magazine, Magazine covers, news, politics
The Rolling Stone magazine is a significant artifact spanning throughout American pop culture; yet it has fought to be considered a legitimate news source in American media. This thesis study examines how Rolling Stone frames news and politics, and how the magazine portrays itself as being political, through its front covers. Research has shown that magazine covers “communicate,” “visually summarize” and work “as an advertisement to attract customers” (Kang & Heo, 2013). The purpose of this study is to understand how Rolling Stone presents itself as a legitimate news source and how the covers convey the publication’s identity. A mixed-methods content analysis was used to analyze both front cover artwork and front cover text. This research reveals how magazines can use their covers to establish legitimacy in American media.
Walter, A. A. (2017). On the Cover of The Rollin’ Stone: How Rolling Stone Magazine Frames Politics and News (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/153