“Who needs another magazine?”
It’s a question I’m often asked by cynical media reporters (and occasionally by my mother). I started Radar four years ago because I believed there was a place in the world for a smart, subversive title that didn’t pull its punches. After five issues and a few bumps and scrapes, I still do. Whatever they’re saying this week about the demise of print, I think great magazines of the kind Radar aspires to be are essential as ever.
Certainly it would be more economical to hire pajama-clad post-collegiates to snarkily blog on content produced by others. But if your mission is to break new ground, dispatching actual reporters and photographers to cover actual stories still has an essential power.
Not to disparage the Internet: Our new site, radaronline.com, which launched last September, now draws more than a million visitors a month and breaks news every day. But while there’s something undeniably thrilling about responding to news as it happens, there’s also much to be said for taking your time. With magazines you don’t get second chances (not usually, anyway), which compels a more thoughtful and nuanced approach.
O.K., fair enough, we’ll take a careful and nuanced approach here. We’ll wait until we see the results of Maer’s careful and nuanced approach before we snarkily blog on its content.