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The Evolution of Slate

Digiday explores Slate’s early days and the transition to being owned by the Washington Post.

In Internet years, Slate is a gray beard. It debuted in 1996, backed by Microsoft. It was at the forefront of many now-common Web trends. It was ahead of the curation curve with “Today’s Papers” and even experimented with a subscription model in the late 1990s (subscribers got a Slate umbrella). It proved that Web-only publications could produce serious, high-quality journalism….

In its first iteration, Slate described itself as an online magazine, published once a week and with page numbers. But it began experimentation with new online storytelling vehicles. You could argue that “In Other Magazines,” which debuted in June 1996, was an early forerunner to the type of aggregation that built blogs.

“I’d do it on Sunday,” Plotz said. “I’d get Time and Newsweek to have them fax the issue, and I’d write about what was in these magazines and update during the week.”

But then a curious thing happened. Princess Diana died in 1997 and changed the course of the outlet. Slate, with a down week, missed what was arguably the first big Web-culture story. What’s more, its rival Salon was all over the news.

“We were dry, and we realized we don’t understand the medium,” Plotz said. “We can’t walk away and have a site that functions and is relevant to the conversation.”

The outlet did a 180, changing from a once-a-week publishing schedule to a daily, then twice daily schedule. It launched blogs, such as Mickey Kaus’ Kausfiles and developed some stellar podcasts like the “Culture Gabfest,” which is still successful today.

Tough choices for gay citizens with foreign partners: Leave the USA. Lose your love. Break the law.
The Society of Publication Designers highlights the recent work of SF Weekly art director Andrew Nilsen.
The cover above was this year’s SPD Gold Medal Winner for Best Illustrated Cover.
For the Tumblrs, you can follow him at VisuaLinguist.

Tough choices for gay citizens with foreign partners: Leave the USA. Lose your love. Break the law.

The Society of Publication Designers highlights the recent work of SF Weekly art director Andrew Nilsen.

The cover above was this year’s SPD Gold Medal Winner for Best Illustrated Cover.

For the Tumblrs, you can follow him at VisuaLinguist.

You guys are all about who has the biggest swinging dick.

— Arianna Huffington, responding to questions by Henry Blodget, co-founder Business Insider, on whether HuffPo or the Wall Street Journal will be bigger in five years.

I have a theory (more like a hypothesis) that the print brands created during the 20th century are special. They reached a level of national awareness and cohesion that I don’t think will be equaled. A simpler way to put this: they knew what they did and so did everyone else. Even when they go online, they are trusted and known in ways that other sites — even well-funded, high-profile ones — can’t match.

— Alexis Madrigal, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

(Source: The Atlantic)