Staking a claim

Azkha Khokhar
Founder
brown + anxious
@brownandanxious

Here are some things I know to be true and a couple of other things that I’m working on to be a part of my ultimate truth.

I started designing, writing, and editing my own digital magazine during a pandemic. I had an intense urge within me, that sometimes felt physical, to manifest my ideas to fruition.

Every day is a chance for me to face my imposter syndrome head-on – the same one that tells me I’m not worthy to stake a claim in this industry, nor to be so confident in pursuing a romanticised ideology with so little ‘experience’.



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We launched a magazine

Anna Bassi
Editor-in-chief, The Week Junior
Dennis Publishing
@mrsb_dda

We gathered our belongings on 16 March and headed home, to work. With a hard weekly deadline, settling in gently wasn’t an option.

We filled pages with positivity when the only news was coronavirus. We created covers celebrating acts of kindness, hailing heroes, and mimicking the tiled screen of a conference call with kids. One featured a rainbow for readers to decorate and display.

On 20 March we launched a magazine, in America. We’d spent a year preparing for everything but a pandemic. Yet the editorial team pulled it off, and we cheered, alight with pride, from across the ocean.



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Taking our time

Sam Bradley & Bethany Thomson
Counterpoint Magazine

@_counterpoint

We like to take our time between issues. Three, four, five months, sometimes. As long as it takes to get it right. Readers appreciate the care taken, and deadlines aren’t so deadly when you’re the ones in charge.

We print Counterpoint ourselves, so we have the privilege of seeing it through from conception to delivery. But between furlough and lockdown, we’ve been kept out of the studio. So, we’ve had weeks and weeks to tweak and polish and finesse. Weeks waiting to be let back in and get the Riso rolling. 

Even by our standards, this is taking the piss.



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Outside world

Rosamund West
Editor-in-Chief, The Skinny
Radge Media
@theskinnymag

As a free magazine covering live arts, distributed through cultural venues and funded by advertising for said arts and venues, The Skinny was swiftly battered by the pandemic. 

We adapted to remote working using our experience making Fest Adelaide from the depths of Scottish February. We adjusted our April issue editorial to focus on at-home culture, ruthlessly excising any reference to the outside world of pubs and gigs. 

Less easily adapted was our revenue stream, which fell immediately off a cliff. With the team currently largely on furlough, we hope to resume publishing soon digitally, followed by print in autumn.



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Out of office

Tim Danton
Editor-in-Chief, PC Pro
Dennis Publishing
@timdanton

Four-and-a-half years. That’s how long PC Pro has been made “out of office”, with most of us loving the freedom of working from home. 

But Covid-19 has had an impact, with lost newsstand sales and advertising leading to a trimmed editorial budget. All this, while having to abandon long-planned features for practical guides on working from home. Not to mention switching to a weekly podcast, with more listeners than ever joining us live. 

Perhaps the biggest change: product launches are now virtual, conference halls replaced by conference calls, but that’s okay… jumping on a plane has somehow lost its appeal.



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