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Popular Italian American Magazine Gets New Look

Press Contact: Diane Crespy, 202-547-8115 dcrespy@osia.org

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2002Italian America® magazine, the nation's most widely read magazine for people of Italian heritage, has changed its design and editorial content to include more information in an easier-to-read format.

The new look was launched in May with the Spring 2002 issue of Italian America® , a publication of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the oldest and largest national organization for people of Italian descent in the U.S.

Some changes include larger type; more high-quality, larger pictures and graphics; and an emphasis on concise articles about Italian American newsmakers and statistics. The new layout provides for an overall friendlier reading experience, with a clear table of contents.

New department features include "Oggi in Italia," which highlights news and current trends in Italy; "Giovinezza!" a section aimed at young Italian Americans; and "Our Story," which features interesting but little-known facts about the contributions of Italian Americans to national and international life.

Each issue also will have two main features devoted to interviews with leading Italians and Italian Americans, and in-depth historical or cultural articles. At the same time, the publication continues to offer important organizational news for members of OSIA, the Sons of Italy Foundation® and the Commission for Social Justice®.

Italian America® magazine has a circulation of 65,000 and an estimated readership of approximately 130,000. OSIA members receive Italian America® as a membership benefit. To join OSIA and receive Italian America® free, visit www.osia.org/public/join.htm or call 202/547-2900.

Non-member subscriptions to Italian America are also available. To subscribe send a check for $12 to: Italian America Subscriptions, 219 E St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

OSIA was established in 1905 and today has 575,000 members and supporters in a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.