Betting on the future of print

This is an evolutionary time for media but an era rich with opportunity. We want to find new ways to deliver quality journalism.

Those are the words of John Drescher, executive editor of the News & Observer. He is writing about a new monthly magazine in Raleigh called Walter, named after Sir Walter Raleigh. It is being produced by the N&O and filled with stories and photography from some of the state’s leading writers and shooters.
It follows O. Henry magazine, a bi-monthly started a year ago about the people and places in Greensboro. It is produced by the Pilot in Southern Pines.
It’s tough times for newspapers, but print isn’t close to being dead. The number of regional magazine titles is growing, and it seems as if their is money and interest there. Those who dare to produce great journalism whiile expanding their horizons are to be admired. I hope other newspapers will follow their lead and make some bets on the future.

One thought on “Betting on the future of print

  1. And O. Henry builds on the success of PineStraw magazine, which The Pilot publishes. Both are led by editor Jim Dodson and creative director Andie Rose, who manage a strong combination of professional writers, free lancers and local folks to produce these awesome publications. The magazines’ respective runs are almost always completely depleted by mid month.

    O. Henry and its six issues have done so well in its first year, it has now joined PineStraw in being monthly. Frankly, O. Henry is the publication the News & Record should have done a couple years ago as a means of diversifying its product portfolio and revenue stream. These magazines are a nice bit of business, in addition to being excellent journalism products that fill a void in their markets. We think Raleigh will do well with it.

    Thank you for bringing this all into perspective: there is still success to be had with a print product that’s done well and delivers something its market wants.

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