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World Press Review Magazine

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An International Perspective on the News.

Jul 8, 2001 (Updated Jul 9, 2001)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Very informative but concise.

Cons:Sometimes assumes the reader will always be familiar with the topic or country.

The Bottom Line: This magazine provides an interesting and international perspective on the world.


World Press Review is in some ways the opposite of such magazines as Time and Newsweek. While those magazines emphasize U.S. interests and pay little attention to the rest of the world, World Press Review takes almost the opposite approach; the bulk of its articles are about other countries.

As its name suggests, World Press Review consists of articles taken from newspapers or other magazines. In this sense, it is similar to The Reader's Digest or Utne Magazine, but its articles are all taken from non-U.S. sources.

The monthly magazine follows a predictable format, beginning with a letters section and a letter from the editor. After that comes "Viewpoints" which quotes brief newspaper editorials about recent world events.

The "Cover Story" contains 8-10 articles about a major world event or trend, such as the Israeli-Arab conflict, or disease in developing countries. A number of the articles are written by people from the affected countries. For example, this month's cover story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes articles written by Israelis and Palestinians.

The "Features" are similar in format and nature, but are briefer, containing 4 or 5 stories, rather than 10.

"The Mirror on the United States" is a pair of articles that provide a non-U.S. view of that country. These articles can be sobering, as in a recent pair of articles about race relations in the U.S.; flattering, like the article written by a Russian who had fallen in love with New York City; or embarrassing, like the snarky article quoted from a French newspaper about the Kansas schoolboard's decision to not have evolution taught in science courses.

The rest of the magazine contains sections seen in most news magazines: "The Arts", "Travel", "Science and Technology", etc. Once again, there is an international flavor. The latest issue's "Arts" section includes an article about an art museum in Uzbekistan and another about black Brazilian musicians. When was the last time you saw something like that in Newsweek?

The cover price for this magazine is steep: $3.95 ($47.40 per year. A subscription is much less expensive, as it cuts the cover price by over 40%, bringing the yearly cost down to $26.97.

The magazine does have its own website, www.worldpress.org, which displays the current month's issue and includes information on subscriptions. It also has on-line exclusives and links to on-line newspapers. I should note, that as I have a subscription to the magazine, I was able to navigate the website freely. Visitors who don't have a subscription may be more restricted in what parts they can visit. Interestingly, the website has the July issue on display, even though the August issue has already been mailed out.

The magazine includes a phone number to call for information on subscriptions: (914) 962-6292.

World Press Review is a monthly magazine that runs about 50 pages. It has few ads, most of which are small and unobtrusive, and are mostly devoted to education, travel, or political activist groups. The largest ad is one for the magazine's website, which is always on the back of the magazine.


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