In the past, it’s been a question of choosing between the New York Times and the Washington Post, but these days there’s a new contender to the throne: 300 Magazine.
The mag has a lot of good features, including cover stories on Beyoncé, James Franco, and Amy Schumer, and it has also published the best-selling graphic novel The Blacklist.
We sat down with 300 Editor-in-Chief Jason Schreiber and Editor-In-Chief Dan Biderman to find out what readers really want from the magazine.
(Plus, we also talked to author Dan Simmons about the mag.)
Readers have been clamoring for a more diverse magazine, with readership dropping significantly in 2016.
In an interview with The Verge, Schreib said, “The biggest issue we’ve seen for the past few years is the lack of diversity in the media.
You see this with news, and there’s an assumption that you have to look to white people to tell you stories, or to people of color to tell stories.
It just doesn’t exist in the digital age.”
Schreib added that the magazine had started hiring more diverse writers, including the likes of Niharika Banerjee and Tania Keshavjee.
“The goal is to hire people of colour in addition to white writers, to reflect the world of journalism,” he said.
“It’s the same with magazines like the New Yorker, which is a great place to work and publish, but that has a very white editor.”
SchREIB: A lot of the diversity is coming from the staff.
People like Niharikas Banerjas, Tania’s son, are coming in and making their presence felt.
You have to be really careful about hiring people of Color to help fill that void.
BiderMAN: The first issue is a huge deal for us.
We have to go back to that, and make sure we’re doing it right.
We had an issue of the magazine in October with a lot on race, which was really eye-opening to us, and really powerful to us.
That was our first attempt at diversity, and that’s the first issue of 300.
We were like, “Wow, we need to do that.”
We wanted to be like, you know, what’s the next step?
“And we were like the editors of the first 200 issues of this magazine.
We wanted it to be about that, too.
We’re just so focused on making it as accessible as possible to the widest possible audience, because that’s what we’re most passionate about.
So that’s why we started with the first 300.
And that’s just the first 600 issues, because we’re constantly expanding the number of people we’re hiring and the number we’re seeing in our audience.
Readers want to know how to read and get an idea of what is going on in the world.
There are some issues of 300 that have some really good content, but there are other issues where we have some issues that we feel are just not as good.
And we’re not just focusing on that.
It’s about how we can make this magazine as accessible to readers as possible.
We’ve talked to some really great people at The New Yorker about how they feel the mag is about the same thing, but it’s about more than that.
There’s an opportunity for us to really engage with people on a level we’re never really seen doing before.
We want people to feel comfortable reading this, because they’re paying us to do it.
That’s what it’s all about.
It was great to get feedback from people, because there are certain issues where people have really good things to say, and we can’t take anything away from them.
I’ve been to meetings with people who have really high expectations of what the magazine can be, but they’ve also really high hopes.
And it was just really nice to get those people on board.
That really speaks to our values.
I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been working on this for a while or what, but we’ve never really felt like we have the tools to do a really great job.
But we’re going to continue to build the tools.
We’ll continue to ask the questions.
We don’t have any one-size-fits-all answers.
We need to get to the point where we can answer the questions honestly.
BIDERMAN: We always try to create spaces where we feel comfortable being ourselves.
We do things like have this one-on-one interview, where we are the only people present.
We talk to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
I think the issue of diversity is something that’s important to all of us, because the world is more complex than people think.
We can all be part of something that is more important than we think.
That gives us a chance to be ourselves.
We don’t necessarily see the issue as the end of the story.
We see the beginning of