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Type of siteSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_0_0 Online magazineSlate (magazine)_cell_0_0_1
OwnerSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_1_0 The Slate GroupSlate (magazine)_cell_0_1_1
Created bySlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_2_0 Michael KinsleySlate (magazine)_cell_0_2_1
EditorSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_3_0 Jared HohltSlate (magazine)_cell_0_3_1
URLSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_4_0 ,Slate (magazine)_cell_0_4_1
CommercialSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_5_0 YesSlate (magazine)_cell_0_5_1
RegistrationSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_6_0 Optional for Slate Plus and commenting only (US readers)

Metered paywall (non-US readers)Slate (magazine)_cell_0_6_1

LaunchedSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_7_0 1996; 24 years ago (1996)Slate (magazine)_cell_0_7_1
Current statusSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_8_0 ActiveSlate (magazine)_cell_0_8_1
ISSNSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_9_0 (print)
 (web)Slate (magazine)_cell_0_9_1
OCLC numberSlate (magazine)_header_cell_0_10_0 Slate (magazine)_cell_0_10_1

Slate is an online magazine that covers current affairs, politics, and culture in the United States. Slate (magazine)_sentence_0

It is known, and sometimes criticized, for having adopted contrarian views, giving rise to the term "Slate Pitches". Slate (magazine)_sentence_1

It has a generally liberal editorial stance. Slate (magazine)_sentence_2

It was created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. Slate (magazine)_sentence_3

In 2004, it was purchased by The Washington Post Company (later renamed the Graham Holdings Company), and since 2008 has been managed by The Slate Group, an online publishing entity created by Graham Holdings. Slate (magazine)_sentence_4

Slate is based in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. Slate (magazine)_sentence_5

Slate, which is updated throughout the day, covers politics, arts and culture, sports, and news. Slate (magazine)_sentence_6

According to its former editor-in-chief Julia Turner, the magazine is "not fundamentally a breaking news source", but rather aimed at helping readers to "analyze and understand and interpret the world" with witty and entertaining writing. Slate (magazine)_sentence_7

As of mid-2015, it publishes about 1,500 stories per month. Slate (magazine)_sentence_8

A French version,, was launched in February 2009 by a group of four journalists, including Jean-Marie Colombani, Eric Leser, and economist Jacques Attali. Slate (magazine)_sentence_9

Among them, the founders hold 50 percent in the publishing company, while The Slate Group holds 15 percent. Slate (magazine)_sentence_10

In 2011, started a separate site covering African news, Slate Afrique, with a Paris-based editorial staff. Slate (magazine)_sentence_11

It is ad-supported and has been available to read free of charge since 1999, but restricted access for non-US readers via a metered paywall in 2015. Slate (magazine)_sentence_12

Background Slate (magazine)_section_0

Slate features regular and semi-regular columns such as Explainer, Moneybox, Spectator, Transport, and Dear Prudence. Slate (magazine)_sentence_13

Many of the articles are short (less than 2,000 words) and argument-driven. Slate (magazine)_sentence_14

Around 2010, the magazine also began running long-form journalism. Slate (magazine)_sentence_15

Many of the longer stories are an outgrowth of the "Fresca Fellowships", so-called because former editor Plotz liked the soft drink Fresca. Slate (magazine)_sentence_16

"The idea is that every writer and editor on staff has to spend a month or six weeks a year not doing their regular job, but instead working on a long, ambitious project of some sort," Plotz said in an interview. Slate (magazine)_sentence_17

Slate introduced a paywall-based business model in 1998 that attracted up 20,000 subscribers but was later abandoned. Slate (magazine)_sentence_18

A similar subscription model was implemented in April 2001 by Slate's independently owned competitor, Slate (magazine)_sentence_19

Slate started a daily feature, "Today's Pictures", on November 30, 2005, which featured 15–20 photographs from the archive at Magnum Photos that share a common theme. Slate (magazine)_sentence_20

The column also features two Flash animated "Interactive Essays" a month. Slate (magazine)_sentence_21

On its 10th anniversary, Slate unveiled a redesigned website. Slate (magazine)_sentence_22

It introduced Slate V in 2007, an online video magazine with content that relates to or expands upon their written articles. Slate (magazine)_sentence_23

In 2013, the magazine was redesigned under the guidance of Design Director Vivian Selbo. Slate (magazine)_sentence_24

Slate was nominated for four digital National Magazine Awards in 2011 and won the NMA for General Excellence. Slate (magazine)_sentence_25

In the same year, the magazine laid off several high-profile journalists, including co-founder Jack Shafer and Timothy Noah (author of the Chatterbox column). Slate (magazine)_sentence_26

At the time, it had around 40 full-time editorial staff. Slate (magazine)_sentence_27

The following year, a dedicated ad sales team was created. Slate (magazine)_sentence_28

Slate launched the "Slate Book Review" in 2012, a monthly books section edited by Dan Kois. Slate (magazine)_sentence_29

The next year, Slate became profitable after preceding years had seen layoffs and falling ad revenues. Slate (magazine)_sentence_30

In 2014, Slate introduced a paywall system called "Slate Plus", offering ad-free podcasts and bonus materials. Slate (magazine)_sentence_31

A year later, it had attracted 9,000 subscribers generating about $500,000 in annual revenue. Slate (magazine)_sentence_32

Slate moved all content behind a metered paywall for international readers in June 2015, explaining "our U.S.-based sales team sells primarily to domestic advertisers, many of whom only want to reach a domestic audience. Slate (magazine)_sentence_33

...The end result is that, outside the United States, we are not covering our costs." Slate (magazine)_sentence_34

At the same time, it was stated that there were no plans for a domestic paywall. Slate (magazine)_sentence_35

Slate's articles have presented news and opinions from a liberal perspective, eventually evolving into a self-proclaimed liberal news site. Slate (magazine)_sentence_36

Reputation for counterintuitive arguments ("Slate pitches") Slate (magazine)_section_1

Since 2006, Slate has been known for publishing contrarian pieces arguing against commonly held views about a subject, giving rise to the #slatepitches Twitter hashtag in 2009. Slate (magazine)_sentence_37

The Columbia Journalism Review has defined Slate pitches as "an idea that sounds wrong or counterintuitive proposed as though it were the tightest logic ever," and in explaining its success wrote "Readers want to click on Slate Pitches because they want to know what a writer could possibly say that would support their logic". Slate (magazine)_sentence_38

In 2014, Slate's then editor-in-chief Julia Turner acknowledged a reputation for counterintuitive arguments forms part of Slate's "distinctive" brand, but argued that the hashtag misrepresents the site's journalism. Slate (magazine)_sentence_39

"We are not looking to argue that up is down and black is white for the sake of being contrarian against all logic or intellectual rigor. Slate (magazine)_sentence_40

But journalism is more interesting when it surprises you either with the conclusions that it reaches or the ways that it reaches them." Slate (magazine)_sentence_41

In a 2019 article for the site, Slate contributor Daniel Engber reflected on the changes that had occurred on the site since he started writing for it 15 years previously. Slate (magazine)_sentence_42

He suggested that its original worldview, influenced by its founder Kinsley and described by Engber as "feisty, surprising, debate-club centrist-by-default" and "liberal contrarianism", had shifted towards "a more reliable, left-wing slant", whilst still giving space for heterodox opinions, albeit "tempered by other, graver duties". Slate (magazine)_sentence_43

He argued that this was necessary within the context of a "Manichean age of flagrant cruelty and corruption", although he also acknowledged that it could be "a troubling limitation". Slate (magazine)_sentence_44

Podcasts Slate (magazine)_section_2

See also: Panoply Media Slate (magazine)_sentence_45

According to NiemanLab, Slate has been involved in podcasts "almost from the very beginning" of the medium. Slate (magazine)_sentence_46

Its first podcast offering, released on July 15, 2005, featured selected stories from the site read by Andy Bowers, who had joined Slate after leaving NPR in 2003. Slate (magazine)_sentence_47

By June 2012, Slate had expanded their lineup to 19 podcasts, with Political Gabfest and Culture Gabfest being the most popular. Slate (magazine)_sentence_48

This count had shrunk to 14 by February 2015, with all receiving six million downloads per month. Slate (magazine)_sentence_49

The podcasts are "a profitable part of [Slate's] business"; the magazine charges more for advertising in its podcasts than in any of its other content. Slate (magazine)_sentence_50

Slate podcasts have gotten longer over the years. Slate (magazine)_sentence_51

The original Gabfest ran 15 minutes; by 2012, most ran about 45 minutes. Slate (magazine)_sentence_52

Staff Slate (magazine)_section_3

Jacob Weisberg was Slate's editor from 2002 until his designation as the chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group in 2008. Slate (magazine)_sentence_53

Weisberg's deputy editor David Plotz then became editor until July 2014, when he was replaced by Julia Turner. Slate (magazine)_sentence_54

Turner resigned as editor of Slate in October 2018. Slate (magazine)_sentence_55

Jared Hohlt became editor-in-chief on April 1, 2019. Slate (magazine)_sentence_56

The Washington Post Company's John Alderman is Slate's publisher. Slate (magazine)_sentence_57

Key executives Slate (magazine)_section_4

Slate (magazine)_unordered_list_0

  • Lowen Liu (Deputy Editor)Slate (magazine)_item_0_0
  • Josh Levin (Editorial Director)Slate (magazine)_item_0_1
  • Allison Benedikt (Executive Editor)Slate (magazine)_item_0_2
  • Laura Bennett (Features Director)Slate (magazine)_item_0_3
  • Forrest Wickman (Culture Editor)Slate (magazine)_item_0_4
  • Charlie Kammerer (Chief Revenue Officer)Slate (magazine)_item_0_5

Notable contributors and departments Slate (magazine)_section_5

Past contributors Slate (magazine)_section_6

Other recurring features Slate (magazine)_section_7

Blogs Slate (magazine)_section_8

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  • Behold, Slate's photo blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_6
  • Brow Beat, Slate's culture blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_7
  • Crime, a crime blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_8
  • Future Tense, a technology blog produced as part of a partnership between Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State UniversitySlate (magazine)_item_1_9
  • Lexicon Valley, a blog about languageSlate (magazine)_item_1_10
  • Moneybox, Slate's business and economics blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_11
  • Outward, Slate's LGBTQ blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_12
  • The Eye, a design blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_13
  • The Vault, Slate's history blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_14
  • The World, a blog about foreign affairsSlate (magazine)_item_1_15
  • Wild Things, Slate's animals blogSlate (magazine)_item_1_16
  • XX Factor, a blog about women's issues. In 2009, it gave rise to Double X, launched by The Slate Group as a separate online magazine about women's topics, edited by Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon, which was folded back into a section after half a year.Slate (magazine)_item_1_17

Summary columns Slate (magazine)_section_9

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