No new magazine ideas under the sun

Here's a description of a popular magazine that summarises material that has appeared in other publications: "A paradigm of compilation, classification, and sub-editing ..."

Can you guess what it is yet? Sounds like The Week, doesn't it, but the magazine referred to here is the Review of Reviews, founded in 1890 and surviving until 1936.

According to Laurel Brake, whose work Subjugated Knowledges (1994) I quote from, the Review of Reviews was also "notably oriented to the needs of the new profession of journalism and the exigencies of the methods of production for which rapid reference is essential." In other words, it was the Wikipedia of its day.

The founding editor was WT Stead, one of the founding fathers of the Victorian version of New Journalism and also one of the many to lose his life on the Titanic.

William Thomas SteadImage via Wikipedia

And here is the source of my headline concept:
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes, 1:9

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