Youth magazine

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Youth magazines are magazines for the target group of 13 to 19 year olds, some of which deal with completely different topics.


The following topics predominate in youth magazines:

  • Star stories : reports on and interviews with stars from the music, drama or sports scene
  • Help with puberty problems : Some youth magazines have hired psychologists to help their readers with problems related to love and sexuality . For Synonym this section Bravos was " Dr. Summer ".
  • Music and cinema news : information about new music albums and concerts or films
  • Health : Information on youth-relevant health topics such as HIV , skin diseases or vaccinations
  • Posters, autograph cards , prize puzzles
  • Photo stories
  • Psychological tests
  • Study and career choice : information on educational topics

Youth magazines without these headings are mainly magazines on special topics such as various sports. Regional magazines (see below) tend to have their own editorial profile that differs from the major national magazines.

There is only a small number of titles, but they have a high circulation , such as Bravo . Most youth magazines are published in magazine format. Whether comics and puzzle books should be added to the youth magazines is controversial.

For the target group of girls there are special magazines such as Bravo Girl , Mädchen and Yeah! . There are also various magazines on youth television series or soaps , for example Simpsons , Top of the Pops , Gute Zeiten, Bad Zeiten, etc. Many daily newspapers publish extra supplements or special pages for children and young people.

Nationwide youth magazines in kiosk sales

The highest-circulation paid youth magazine in Germany is Bravo (widespread circulation 512,358 copies) with its partner magazines Bravo Sport (widespread circulation 142,295) and Bravo Girl (widespread circulation 177,896 copies). Other major magazines include Mädchen (distributed circulation 137,001 copies), Popcorn (distributed circulation 247,468 copies) and Hey (distributed circulation 162,680 copies).

All circulation figures come from IVW from quarter 02/2010.

Nationwide youth magazines in free distribution

  • Access Magazine - the magazine for training and study choices with a distributed circulation of 148,541 copies (IVW 4/2011)
  • Unicum-Abi - the youth magazine from Unicum-Verlag with a distributed edition of 250,779 copies (IVW 2/2010)
  • Der Abiturient - youth magazine for high schools in Germany-wide distribution with a circulation of 176,948 copies (IVW 1/2010)
  • yaez - the youth newspaper - appears nationally with a circulation of 393,198 copies (IVW 2/2010)
  • SPIESSER - the youth magazine, printed edition 800,000, documented circulation: 766,328 copies (IVW 2/2010)
  • fluter (magazine of the Federal Agency for Civic Education )
  • abi >> career information magazine of the Federal Employment Agency

Regional youth magazines in free distribution

Free youth magazines appear in some cities and regions in Germany. Some of these are published directly by youth initiatives, specialized youth publishers or even health insurance companies. For example, the guild health insurance funds publish the youth magazine spleens , which appears in large parts of Germany, for the purpose of customer loyalty .

  • Freistunde , youth magazine of the Straubinger Tagblatt / Landshuter Zeitung newspaper group (appears every first Friday of the month with 135,000 copies free of charge as a publisher's supplement)
  • Thuringia youth magazine Thuringia is hip (appears around Thuringia)
  • Scoop (25,000 copies (publisher's estimate), youth magazine of the Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung, appears quarterly as a magazine in the Rhein-Kreis Neuss)
  • Skunk (magazine) (published in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia)
  • Countdown (around 45,000 copies distributed (publisher estimate), appears in Saxony)
  • Freihafen (20,000 copies, appears in Hamburg )

Former youth magazines

Online magazines

In addition to the online offers of the above magazines, there are other online offers under the title youth magazine:

  • Lateral thinker magazine
  • output
  • Come-in
  • Time thinking - forum for politics and culture
  • Rhine diver online
  • Schekker - magazine of the federal government for young people

In addition, there are numerous regional youth magazines on the Internet that, such as the youth magazine for the Cologne / Bonn / Rhein-Sieg region or Kwick, take up local issues or break down youth issues on a local level. In the southern part of Hesse it is the top dog .

In addition, young people create youth magazines for young people on the Internet; this includes student magazines such as B. or .

There are youth magazines that specifically target homosexual and bisexual youth on the Internet. These include - the coming-out portal for gays, lesbians and bisexuals , - unlike the others (online magazine and community with chat, forum and articles for gay, bisexual and their heterosexual friends) and dbna .de - you are not alone (oldest magazine for gay, bisexual and interested young people).

With a focus on the health sector, health insurance companies offer several - including the BAHN-BKK .

In Switzerland, the online youth magazine has editorial offices in Basel, Bern, Biel, Chur, Lucerne, Zug and Zurich.

In Austria there is the independent online youth news magazine - Austria's independent youth website , as well as the culture magazine FM5 .

Radio magazines

Youth radio programs and magazines are spreading more and more. Through open channels such as Radio ZuSa , Radio Flora , Radio Blau or Radio Jade , young people are encouraged to produce their own radio program - often under the motto of young people for young people .

An example of a radio youth magazine is the two-hour magazine "Young Power". It is broadcast by the non-commercial community radio "Radio Darmstadt" every Saturday from 5 to 7 pm and can be heard on the web radio or in the Darmstadt region on 103.4mhz. In the programs, the 10-25 year old editors deal with current topics, not just from Darmstadt. They also have to work out and prepare these independently. The editorial spokesmen for the youth program are also moderators for the youth editorial team.

Most youth radio programs are structured in this way or similar. The participating young people not only learn how to "drive" the complicated technology in a radio studio, but also important basic journalistic skills. This includes researching, moderating, asking the right questions and writing texts. Another feature of the open channels is that anyone can join who feels like it.

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See also


  • Claudia Mast (Ed.): ABC of Journalism. A guide for editorial work. Constance 1998, ISBN 3896692399
  • Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, Winfried Schulz, Jürgen Wilke (eds.): Fischer Lexikon. Journalism mass communication. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag Frankfurt 2000, ISBN 3-59-612260-0 .