Stop calling the internet a medium

The internet isn’t a new medium, it’s a network.

Each ‘revolution’ in media since the printing press – newspapers,
radio, cinema, TV – was essentially just an evolution of a broadcast
model with one distribution point and many consumers.

The internet is completely different. It’s narrowcast, it’s personalised, it’s two-way, or any way anyone with an internet connection wants it to be.

Magazine companies still have the expertise to make content people
want, probably better content than most others can make.

But they need to shed the attitudes that came with the privilege of
having access to a printing press.

Jasper Jackson | Editor and chief analyst,

Grub Street Journal

Community magazines

Magazines come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, and in many formats. But the ones I’m still most fond of are the A5 directories, packed to the brim with local community news, beautifully shot front covers of the area and what’s on information from the local WI to fund raising news.

Because a magazine that resonates with its readers is surely what it’s all about?

We’re finding more and more that these little mags give people a real boost – it unites them with their community, makes them feel part of something and in turn builds businesses.

Love our world!

Coralie Todd | Editor, Big Voice Directories; MD, Quay Pages

Grub Street Journal

The gateway

Magazines. Music packaging. Film Posters.

This was the holy-trinity of visual culture I would later realise hooked me in to a graphic-design-life. Magazines, and their design, spoke to me.

Maturing from teen-magaholic-collector to magazine-designer-adult has taught me what a labour of love magazines are to create. They are a unique adventure to take on – and for a designer used to sprinting they can feel like a marathon.

Simultaneously disposable and collectable, ephemeral and cherished, they take an ironic amount of time to craft, but are incredibly rewarding.

Long may the magazine age continue, entrancing the reader and enticing the designer.

Luke Tonge | Art Director, LIFE Agency

Grub Street Journal

100 tweets to make a difference

There was a time before 140 characters you know.

‘Write me 2,500 words on this subject or that subject’ the Ed would say.


Even at a conservative estimate that would be around 100 full length tweets… all on the same subject… keeping people interested all the way to the end.

They say people need their information in tiny bytes these days but who decides that?

The shelves in the newsagent are still full of paper beauty but it is a place where gossip reigns supreme. A printed twitter.

We should stop dumbing down the world.

Paul McNally | former editor; Head of Comms, Salford Red Devils

Grub Street Journal

My first quarter century

1990. My first (real) job: selling recruitment ads for Inside Housing magazine. Cameroon were making a big noise at the World Cup. Thatcher was in power.  We could smoke at our desks.

2014. Germany are football champions again. I still sell ROI but now build bespoke, solutions-based packages around conversations, to help partners ‘add value’, ‘gain traction’, ‘leverage assets’.  I position clients as thought-leaders and provide ‘multiple marketing touch-points’. I ponder clicktivism, Klout, discoverability, bang for bucks.  I agonise over hashtag optimisation.

The future is here, with bells on. I’m looking forward to the next quarter century; disrupted, exhilarated, smoke-free.

Helen Rosemier | Commercial Director, PPA

Grub Street Journal