The future of magazine publishing

by Steve Watson in September 2014
Update

As the year draws to a close the Guardian is doubling down on its magazine event schedule with Stack.

First up we’ve got the last magazine publishing masterclass of 2014, from 25-26 October. This is the event for people serious about making their own magazines – ticket prices are high (£399 for the two days) but class sizes are limited to just 16 people, guaranteeing a genuinely interactive, extremely practical weekend of magazine learning.

By contrast, our conference on Sunday 7 December is going to be much bigger (and cheaper), taking a broader look at the near future of magazine publishing. This is a fascinating time to be making magazines, and we wanted to provide a platform at the end of 2014 for the people who can give us some steer on where the industry as a whole is likely to go next.

Spanning mainstream and independent, digital and print, we’ve put together a fascinating line up of speakers who will share their insights:

Jeff Campagna is creative director and founder of Compass Cultura, the digital native travel magazine that he believes represents the future of magazine publishing. His thoughts on the future of travel publishing are absolutely fascinating, and will be elaborated upon in his lecture.

Tom Taylor is founder and CTO of Newspaper Club, the multi-award-winning service that made it easier than ever for people to print their own newspapers and magazines, and which recently unveiled its ingenious Paper Later project. Tom will be speaking about the meeting place of print and digital, and thinking about how the two can work hand in hand in the future.

Rob Orchard is co-founder and editorial director of the Slow Journalism Company, publisher of Delayed Gratification. He’ll be representing the independent print publisher’s point of view, speaking about the challenges of making a small magazine at the start of the 21st century and looking ahead to some of the ways the industry may change.

Ian Birch will provide the perspective from the opposite end of the spectrum. As editorial development director at Hearst UK he’s in the driving seat of innovation at some of the world’s biggest magazine brands, including Esquire, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. He’ll speak about what those titles and others are doing to ensure quality and relevance in the coming years.

And finally, we tackle the money question. William Rowe is founder and CEO of Protein, the platform that keeps people up to date with the latest global trends, behaviours and thinking. As the publisher of both Protein Journal and Grafik, William has first-hand experience of the differences between publishing in print and online, and how the different media can be sold to brands.

I’m hugely excited about the day and I’m sure tickets will sell fast, so don’t miss out!

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