Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.
Lumpkins was part of a team of journalism professors that examined four women’s magazines (Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ms. and Essence) and their attention paid to health concerns among African American women. More than 130 articles were used in the study, and what Lumpkins found was that many of today’s popular women magazines routinely failed to discuss issues concerning African American women.
Spirituality and AIDS issues are two of several topics Lumpkins believes need more attention in general readership magazines. She talked with Susan Wilson about the critical role magazines play in driving the discussion of health issues.
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