Mag Heroes

Mag Heroes

A podcast about magazines and the people who make and read them. Each episode I chat with a different person in magazines, finding out how they got into magazines and what they're currently working on.

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    21 — Robbie Russell (Assistant editor of PUSH)

    Robbie is the assistant editor and commercial manager of PUSH, a new magazine focusing on youth culture. Robbie launched the magazine after university and has big plans. We also delve deep into PUSH's successful free distribution model.

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    20 — Felicia Pennant (Editor of SEASON)

    Felicia is editor of SEASON, a football magazine for and about women. We chatted about the magazine's position in giving female football fans a voice, a final-year thesis that sparked the idea for SEASON, and the unique way the magazine engages its readers.

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    19 — Kai Brach (Editor of Offscreen)

    Kai is the Editor of Offscreen, a magazine that looks at the human side of technology. We talk about the magazine's custom subscription and ordering system, problems Kai had with the magazine's new binding method, and Heftwerk, a Berlin-based collective of companies Kai helped set up to make producing a magazine a lot easier.

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    18 — Bethany Thompson & Sam Bradley (Editors of Counterpoint)

    Sam and Bethany are the editors of Counterpoint, a magazine full of illustrations and writing on a different theme each issue. We had a nice chat about Counterpoint's hand-bound and risograph production processes, moving from online to a very specific print product, and their upcoming issue about food.

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    17 — Christi Barnes (Managing editor of Woven)

    Christi is the managing editor of Woven, a Seattle-based magazine that interviews artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. We talked about the magazine's journey from a digital platform to a printed publication, personally interviewing for each feature, and a potential to grow the team for future issues.

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    16 — Wendy Huynh (Editor of Arcades)

    Wendy is the editor of Arcades, a magazine which buries itself in a city's suburbs for each issue. In our chat we talked about the magazine's origins as a student project, how the cities she features affect each issue and the magazine's raw design style.

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    15 — Lucy Chesters (Editor of Ethos)

    Lucy is the editor of Ethos, a magazine reporting on ethical and progressive businesses and business people. We chat about Ethos' crowdfunding campaign from last year, their collaborative publishing projects, and the balance between their print and digital efforts.

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    14 — Matthew Porter (Editor of DOG)

    Matthew is an editor of DOG, a "modern lifestyle magazine exploring the presence and influence of dogs and their owners in society.” It was great to hear from Matt about the magazine’s origins, how they go about selecting a different breed for each issue, and the ways they report on life with dogs.

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    13 — Johnny Crisp (Deputy editor of Perdiz)

    Johnny is Deputy editor and Translator at Barcelona-based Perdiz, a magazine "about people and the things that make them happy." We talk about some of the interesting stories unearthed for issue 8, how the team go about sourcing their content, and the multilingual aspect of the magazine.

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    12 — Sean Dagan Wood (Editor-in-chief of Positive News)

    Sean is the Editor-in-chief of Positive News, a publication focused on good journalism about the good things that are happening. We chat about the magazine's history, starting as newsprint in 1993, and its smart, ethical and positive publishing outlook.

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    11 — Lene Haugerud (Editor of Brygg)

    Lene is the editor of Brygg, a magazine about "conversation and coffee." We discuss Brygg's past as a Norwegian-language coffee magazine, it's change to an English-language cultural title, and what's coming up in the next issue.

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    10 — Steven Watson (Founder of Stack Magazines)

    Steve is the founder of Stack Magazines, a magazine subscription service that sends you a different independent magazine every month. Steve is slowly building a magazine-focused empire; in this episode we touch on a few of his latest projects, the Stack Awards and the Stack podcast.

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    9 — Elliot and Samantha Stocks (Lagom)

    Elliot and Samantha Stocks are the husband and wife team behind Lagom, a new magazine which looks at creativity, and the balance between work and play. In the episode, they talk through the new issue (released last week), how they manage publishing the magazine in their spare time, selecting photos for their covers, and we discussed their interesting use of partnerships to support the magazine's growth.

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    8 — Gail Bichler (Design Director, The New York Times Magazine)

    Gail Bichler has the envious job of Design Director at The New York Times Magazine, a publication setting trends in cover design, read by millions each week, and with a big relaunch just a few weeks ago. Gail explains how the magazine gets put together each week, her rise through the ranks at the magazine, and reveals her favourite NYTMag covers.

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    7 — Rosa Park (Editor of Cereal)

    Rosa Park is the Editor of “travel and style” magazine, Cereal, which is on the cusp of a relaunch, with a new design and a slight change in content scope. Rosa talks about starting a magazine with little experience in the industry, the balance of how much to share of new issues on Instagram and travelling around the world scoping features with Creative Director, Rich Stapleton.

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    6 — Ryan Essmaker (Creative Director of The Great Discontent)

    Ryan Essmaker is half of the husband-wife team that started The Great Discontent as an online interview series in 2011. Launching a print edition in spring 2014, TGD has recently gone quarterly. I talked with Ryan about TGD's beginnings, current growth and the possibilities print brings to the previously web-only brand.

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    5 — Kai Brach (Editor of Offscreen)

    Kai Brach is the man behind Offscreen, a magazine about people who work on the web and with apps. We talk about Kai's transition from web designer to independent magazine publisher and discuss the importance of social media in today's publishing landscape.

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    4 — Alec Dudson (Editor of Intern)

    Alec is Editor of Intern, a new magazine highlighting work by interns and sparking the debate about intern culture. We discuss the genesis of his publication, his work as an intern for other independent mags, and how Kickstarter has become a good way to launch a new title.

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    3 — Philip Diprose (Editor of The Ride Journal)

    Philip is the Editor of The Ride Journal, an illustration-filled, storytelling biking magazine from the UK. We discuss Philip's passion for biking (and his bike collection) and how this fuelled the creation of this beautiful magazine, now on its 8th issue (released tomorrow).

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    2 — Ibrahim Nehme (Editor of The Outpost)

    Ibrahim is the Editor-in-Chief of The Outpost, a Beirut-based “magazine of possibilities.” We discuss The Outpost's origins in a region of flux and the current publishing climate in the Middle East.

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    1 — Luke Tonge (Art Director of Boat)

    Luke is the Art Director of Boat Magazine, a magazine that travels to and reports from a different city each issue. We talk about how Luke got into design, what he does in his day job and how he manages to balance that with his work on a nomadic magazine.

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    0 — Intro

    This first episode introduces Mag Heroes and lays out my thoughts behind starting this show.

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