Slate (magazine)

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Slate is an online magazine originally built by Microsoft in 1996 as part of MSN . On December 21, 2004, it was purchased by The Washington Post Company .


In terms of content, it focuses on news, culture, politics and sports. Slate is a mixture of traditional news sites and a blog . The ezine consists mostly of columns , but tries to be more relevant than most blogs. One of its authors is the popular American food critic Jeffrey Steingarten .

Most of the articles are short and relatively entertaining. There are numerous meta-columns. These serve to view and evaluate the current production of the national newspapers, magazines and blogs. It also contains a number of own blogs, including some of the most watched, such as the "Kausfiles".

The internationally known cartoon Doonesbury is also at home here. Slate also offers many of his columns in podcast audio versions for daily download.

Slate is a regular contributor to the news magazine program "Day to Day" on National Public Radio .


Commentator Mickey Kau's "Kausfiles" column is considered one of the earliest blogs.

In March 1998, Slate generated considerable buzz by introducing an annual subscription of $ 19.95. The e-zine was thus one of the first websites outside the online porn industry to target such a business model. The bill did not work out, so that in February 1999 the access fee was dropped and the company reverted to advertising-based free access. A similar subscription model was successfully implemented in April 2001 by the competing e-zine .

In July 2005 Slate first launched a podcast offering. It consisted of selected contributions in the current Slate that were read in by editor Andy Bowers. Another podcast with the "Explainer" column came months later. A third permanent feature called "Slate's Spoiler Special" was reviewing movies for people who have already had a chance to see them.

In November 2005, Slate launched a daily column called "Today's Pictures". This consisted of fifteen to twenty photographs from the archive of the Magnum Photos agency , which covered a specific topic. The new column also contained two Flash- animated “Interactive Essays” per month.

In June 2006, for their ten-year publication, Slate came up with a further redesigned website. In 2007, “Slate V” was finally introduced, an online video magazine that builds on the text articles and continues and expands them with cinematic means.

There are now two French-language editions operated from Paris , and .

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Individual evidence

  1. Slate podcasts
  2. "Slate V"