Slate (magazine)
Slate is a US-based English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic
The New Republic
The magazine has also published two articles concerning income inequality, largely criticizing conservative economists for their attempts to deny the existence or negative effect increasing income inequality is having on the United States...

editor Michael Kinsley
Michael Kinsley
Michael Kinsley is an American political journalist, commentator, television host, and pundit. Primarily active in print media as both a writer and editor, he also became known to television audiences as a co-host on Crossfire...

, initially under the ownership of Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions...

 as part of MSN
MSN is a collection of Internet sites and services provided by Microsoft. The Microsoft Network debuted as an online service and Internet service provider on August 24, 1995, to coincide with the release of the Windows 95 operating system.The range of services offered by MSN has changed since its...

. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by the Washington Post Company
Washington Post Company
The Washington Post Company is an American education and media company, best known for owning the newspaper for which it is named, The Washington Post. The Company also owns Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses...

. Since 4 June 2008 Slate has been managed by The Slate Group
The Slate Group
The Slate Group is an online publishing entity established in June 2008 by The Washington Post Company. Among the publications overseen by The Slate Group are Slate, Slate V, The Root, The Big Money, and

, an online publishing entity created by the Washington Post Company to develop and manage web-only magazines.

A French version ( was launched in February 2009 by a group of four journalists, including Jean-Marie Colombani
Jean-Marie Colombani
Jean-Marie Colombani is a French journalist, and was the editor of the daily newspaper Le Monde from 1994 until 2007.-Biography:...

, Eric Leser, and economist Jacques Attali
Jacques Attali
Jacques Attali is a French economist, writer and senior civil servant.Former adviser to President François Mitterrand and first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, he founded the non-profit organization PlaNet Finance and was nominated President of the Commission for...

. Between them, the founders hold 50% in the publishing company, while the Slate Group holds 15%.

Since June 2008, David Plotz
David Plotz
David Plotz is an American journalist. A writer with Slate since its inception in 1996, Plotz was designated as the online magazine's editor in June 2008, succeeding Jacob Weisberg.-Early life and career:...

 has served as the editor of Slate. He had been the deputy editor to Jacob Weisberg
Jacob Weisberg
Jacob Weisberg is an American political journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of Slate Group, a division of The Washington Post Company. Weisberg is also a Newsweek columnist. He served as the editor of Slate magazine for six years, until stepping down in June 2008...

, Slate's editor from 2002 until his designation as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group. The Washington Post Company's John Alderman is Slate's publisher. Slate , which is updated daily, covers politics, arts and culture, sports, and news. It is ad-supported and has been available to read free of charge since 1999.


Slate features regular and semi-regular columns such as Explainer, Moneybox, Spectator, Transport, and Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence (advice column)
Dear Prudence is an advice column appearing weekly in the online magazine Slate and syndicated to over 200 newspapers.The column was initiated on 20 December 1997. "Prudence" was a pseudonym, and the author's true identity was not revealed at the time...

. Many of the articles are short (under 2,000 words) and argument-driven. In recent years, the magazine has also begun running long-form journalism. Many of the longer stories are an outgrowth of the "Fresca Fellowships," so-called because editor Plotz likes the soft drink Fresca. "The idea is that every writer and editor on staff has to spend a month or six weeks a year not doing their regular job, but instead working on a long, ambitious project of some sort," Plotz said in an interview.

In March 1998, Slate attracted considerable notice by charging a $19.95 annual subscription fee, becoming one of the first sites (outside of pornography and financial news) to attempt a subscription-based business model. The scheme did not work; in February 1999, Slate returned to free content, citing both sluggish subscription sales and increased advertising revenue. A similar subscription model would later be implemented by Slate's independently-owned competitor,, part of Salon Media Group , often just called Salon, is an online liberal magazine, with content updated each weekday. Salon was founded by David Talbot and launched on November 20, 1995. It was the internet's first online-only commercial publication. The magazine focuses on U.S...

, in April 2001.

On July 15, 2005, Slate began offering a podcast
A podcast is a series of digital media files that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication...

, featuring selected stories from the site read by Slate editor Andy Bowers. The site now hosts several regular podcast "gabfests," or roundtables, covering various topics. The Political Gabfest was the first, headed by John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz. Later, a Culture Gabfest was added. The sports podcast, Hangup and Listen, is the most recent addition. "Slate's Spoiler Special", reviews movies for people who have already seen them.

On November 30, 2005, Slate started a daily feature ”Today's Pictures”, featuring fifteen to twenty photographs from the archive at Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices located in New York, Paris, London and Tokyo...

 that share a common theme. The column also features two flash animated ”Interactive Essays” a month.

In June 2006, on its tenth anniversary, Slate unveiled a redesigned website. In 2007, it introduced "Slate V", an online video magazine with content that relates to or expands upon their written articles.

In 2011, Slate was nominated for four digital National Magazine Awards and won the NMA for General Excellence.

Notable contributors and their departments

  • Anne Applebaum
    Anne Applebaum
    Anne Elizabeth Applebaum is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She has been an editor at The Economist, and a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post...

  • Emily Bazelon
    Emily Bazelon
    Emily Bazelon is an American journalist, senior editor for online magazine Slate, and a senior research fellow at Yale Law School. Her work as a writer focuses on law, abortion, and family issues.-Journalism career:...

  • John Dickerson (Politics)
  • Simon Doonan
    Simon Doonan
    Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of the New York City-based clothing store, Barneys.-Biography:Doonan hails from the English town of Reading. He got his first retail job as a summer job working at Heelas, a department store in Reading that belonged to the John Lewis Partnership...

  • Stefan Fatsis
    Stefan Fatsis
    Stefan Fatsis is an author and journalist. He regularly appears as a guest on National Public Radio's All Things Considered daily radio news program and as a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. He is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal.-Biography:Fatsis grew up...

     (Hang Up and Listen)
  • David Greenberg (History Lesson)
  • Annie Lowrey
    Annie Lowrey
    Annie Lowrey reports on economics and business for The New York Times. Previously Lowrey covered the economy for Slate. She was also a staff writer for the Washington Independent and served on the editorial staffs of Foreign Policy and The New Yorker. Lowrey joined Slate in 2010 as part of an...

  • Johann Hari
    Johann Hari
    Johann Hari is an award winning British journalist who has been a columnist at The Independent, the The Huffington Post, and contributed to several other publications. In 2011, Hari was accused of plagiarism; he subsequently was suspended from The Independent and surrendered his 2008 Orwell Prize...

  • Christopher Hitchens
    Christopher Hitchens
    Christopher Eric Hitchens is an Anglo-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the...

     (Fighting Words)
  • Ann Hulbert (Books editor)
  • Fred Kaplan
    Fred Kaplan
    Fred Kaplan is a journalist and contributor to Slate magazine. His "War Stories" column covers international relations and US foreign policy.-Career:...

     (War Stories)
  • Adam Kirsch
    Adam Kirsch
    Adam Kirsch is an American poet and literary critic.-Early life and education:Kirsch is the son of lawyer, author, and biblical scholar Jonathan Kirsch, and a 1997 graduate of Harvard College.-Career:...

  • Dahlia Lithwick
    Dahlia Lithwick
    -External links:*...

  • Farhad Manjoo
    Farhad Manjoo
    Farhad Manjoo is an American journalist and author. He has been a staff writer for Slate magazine since 2008 and a regular on-air contributor for National Public Radio since 2009.-Life and career:...

  • Timothy Noah
    Timothy Noah
    Timothy Robert Noah is an American journalist. He is a senior editor of The New Republic, where he writes the TRB column and a political blog...

     (The Customer)
  • Meghan O'Rourke
    Meghan O'Rourke
    Meghan O'Rourke is an American poet, critic, and a contributing writer for the online magazine Slate. She is a graduate of Yale. O'Rourke was formerly a fiction editor at The New Yorker and from 2005-2010 was poetry co-editor at The Paris Review...

     (The Highbrow / Grieving)
  • Troy Patterson (Television)

  • Robert Pinsky
    Robert Pinsky
    Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his own poetry...

     (Poetry editor)
  • David Plotz
    David Plotz
    David Plotz is an American journalist. A writer with Slate since its inception in 1996, Plotz was designated as the online magazine's editor in June 2008, succeeding Jacob Weisberg.-Early life and career:...

  • Nina Shen Rastogi (Brow Beat)
  • Jody Rosen
    Jody Rosen
    Jody Rosen is an American journalist and author. He is the music critic for the online magazine Slate, and the author of White Christmas: The Story of an American Song....

     (Music Box)
  • Ron Rosenbaum
    Ron Rosenbaum
    -Life and career:Rosenbaum was born into a Jewish family in New York City, New York and grew up in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1968 and won a Carnegie Fellowship to attend Yale's graduate program in English Literature, though he dropped out after taking one course...

  • William Saletan
    William Saletan
    William Saletan is the national correspondent at Saletan gained recognition in the fall of 2004 with nearly daily columns covering the ups and downs of the Presidential race. He currently writes the 'Human Nature' column...

     (Human Nature)
  • Jack Shafer
    Jack Shafer
    Jack Shafer covers media for Opinion section. Prior to joining Reuters, he edited and wrote the column Press Box for Slate, an online magazine. Before his stay at Slate, Shafer edited two city weeklies, Washington City Paper and SF Weekly...

     (Press Box)
  • Eliot Spitzer
    Eliot Spitzer
    Eliot Laurence Spitzer is an American lawyer, former Democratic Party politician, and political commentator. He was the co-host of In the Arena, a talk-show and punditry forum broadcast on CNN until CNN cancelled his show in July of 2011...

     (The Best Policy)
  • Mike Steinberger‎ (Drink)
  • Dana Stevens (critic)
    Dana Stevens (critic)
    Dana Shawn Stevens is a movie critic at Slate magazine. She is also a regular on the magazine's weekly cultural podcast the Culture Gabfest.-Life and career:Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York...

     (Surfergirl through 2005/Movies)
  • Seth Stevenson (Ad Report Card / Well-Traveled)
  • Tom Vanderbilt
    Tom Vanderbilt
    Tom Vanderbilt is an American journalist, blogger, and author of the best-selling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do .-Personal life:...

  • David Weigel
    David Weigel
    David "Dave" Weigel , is an American journalist, currently working for Slate magazine and MSNBC. Weigel began appearing on MSNBC in 2009, accepting a position as a paid contributor in June 2010...

  • Jacob Weisberg
    Jacob Weisberg
    Jacob Weisberg is an American political journalist, serving as editor-in-chief of Slate Group, a division of The Washington Post Company. Weisberg is also a Newsweek columnist. He served as the editor of Slate magazine for six years, until stepping down in June 2008...

     (The Big Idea)
  • Jonah Weiner (Culturebox / Music Box)
  • Tim Wu
    Tim Wu
    Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, the former chair of media reform group Free Press, and a writer for Slate Magazine. He is also a former Bernard L. Schwartz and Future Tense fellow at The New America Foundation...

  • Emily Yoffe
    Emily Yoffe
    Emily Yoffe is a journalist, a regular contributor to Slate magazine and the NPR radio show Day to Day. She has also written for The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and many other publications...

     (Dear Prudence
    Dear Prudence (advice column)
    Dear Prudence is an advice column appearing weekly in the online magazine Slate and syndicated to over 200 newspapers.The column was initiated on 20 December 1997. "Prudence" was a pseudonym, and the author's true identity was not revealed at the time...

    /Human Guinea-pig)

Other recurring features

  • Assessment
  • Books
  • The Book Club
  • Culturebox
  • Dispatches
  • Drink
  • Food
  • Foreigners
  • Gaming
  • The Good Word (language)
  • Shopping
  • The Movie Club
  • Science
  • The TV Club

Past notable contributors

  • Ian Bremmer
    Ian Bremmer
    Ian Bremmer is an American political scientist specializing in US foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk. He is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a leading global political risk research and consulting firm...

  • Phil Carter
    Phil Carter
    Phillip E. Carter is an American lawyer, writer, and former officer in the United States Army.Carter was a founding member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and he also served as a principal of the Truman National Security Project....

  • David Edelstein
    David Edelstein
    David Edelstein is the chief film critic for New York Magazine, as well as the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Brooklyn, New York....

  • Franklin Foer
    Franklin Foer
    Franklin Foer is an American journalist and editor-at-large for The New Republic. Foer is a 2012 Bernard L. Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation as of Sept...

  • Sasha Frere-Jones
    Sasha Frere-Jones
    Sasha Frere-Jones is an American writer, music critic, and musician. He has written for Pretty Decorating, ego trip, Hit It And Quit It, Mean, Slant, The New York Post, The Wire, The Village Voice, Slate, Spin, and The New York Times...

  • Austan Goolsbee
    Austan Goolsbee
    Austan Dean Goolsbee is an American economist, formerly serving as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and the youngest member of the cabinet of President Barack Obama. Goolsbee is from the University of Chicago where he is the Robert P...

  • Robert Lane Greene
    Robert Lane Greene
    Robert Lane Greene is an American journalist, best known for his work for The Economist and his book about the politics of language, You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity, published by Delacorte Press in 2011...

  • Virginia Heffernan
    Virginia Heffernan
    Virginia Heffernan is an American journalist. In March, 2011, she began to write regularly about digital and pop culture for the Opinion pages of The New York Times. She is also known as a television critic for The New York Times, and as "The Medium" columnist at The New York Times Magazine. In...

  • David Helvarg
    David Helvarg
    David Helvarg is an American journalist and environmental activist. He is the founder and president of the marine conservation lobbying organization Blue Frontier Campaign, a part of the Seaweed rebellion, which arose from his second book Blue Frontier...

  • Paul Krugman
    Paul Krugman
    Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times...

  • Steven Landsburg
    Steven Landsburg
    Steven E. Landsburg is an American professor of economics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. From 1989 to 1995, he taught at Colorado State University.-Education:...

  • Will Leitch
    Will Leitch
    William F. Leitch is a writer based in New York City and the founding editor of the Gawker Media sports blog Deadspin...

  • Daniel Radosh
    Daniel Radosh
    Daniel Radosh is an American journalist and blogger. Radosh is presently a staff writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was previously a contributing editor at The Week. He writes occasionally for The New Yorker...

  • Bruce Reed
    Bruce Reed
    Bruce Reed was the CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and currently serves as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, having been appointed on January 14, 2011 to succeed Ron Klain.-Early life and education:...

  • James Surowiecki
    James Surowiecki
    James Michael Surowiecki is an American journalist. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a regular column on business and finance called "The Financial Page".-Background:...

  • Rob Walker
    Rob Walker (journalist)
    Rob Walker is an American author and freelance journalist. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and blogger for Design Observer....

  • Robert Wright
    Robert Wright (journalist)
    Robert Wright is an American journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author of best-selling books about science, evolutionary psychology, history, religion, and game theory, including The Evolution of God, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, The Moral Animal, and Three Scientists and Their Gods:...

  • Fareed Zakaria
    Fareed Zakaria
    Fareed Rafiq Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist and author. From 2000 to 2010, he was a columnist for Newsweek and editor of Newsweek International. In 2010 he became Editor-At-Large of Time magazine...

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