Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting founder Jeff Cohen once said, If it's in the New York Times today, it was probably in Mother Jones six months ago (4). Contrary to what one might believe, the staff at Mother Jones thoroughly enjoy their status as the magazine the media giants get their breaking stories from. They are happy to have their stories picked up and distributed around the globe, and have been for over thirty years, though the magazine itself has grown considerable from its humble beginnings in the mid-1970s. Through its impact on other media as well as through its own audience, Mother Jones seeks to inform and inspire a more just and democratic world (4) and, for a magazine that has proudly called itself radical, muckraking, and counterculture from the beginning, has been wildly successful (9).
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[...] When asked in a recent email interview how much of Mother Jones' focus is determined by its readers, Dave Gilson, current senior editor responded, report on the subjects we think will interest readers, but don't base our choices or perspectives on reader requests/responses” Currently, many of the articles focus on the Bush administration's policies and actions, allowing the magazine to function in part as a governmental watchdog (18). Website Around the turn of the century, Mother Jones added an online store to their Web site, called the Mother Jones Online Market. [...]
[...] The Twenty-First Century Though Mother Jones took loss of $113,456” in 1999 the last redesign worked, and in 2001, circulation was up to 175,000 from 130,000 in 1998 The 25th anniversary issue, which came out in April, was the largest issue to date at 124 pages Perhaps part of the reason for the increased success of the magazine was that power had recently switched hands in the federal government. According to New York magazine founder Clay Felker, “Given the fact that you have a conservative government, magazines like Mother Jones and other become rallying points for a different political points of view” Also in 2001, Mother Jones was presented with the “2000 Alternative Press Award for best magazine from Utne Reader, which called it of the best chronicles of American as well as an NMA for General Excellence (15). [...]
[...] The most recent major addition to the magazine occurred in 2006, when Mother Jones opened a branch office in Washington, D.C., in an effort to “[expand] its investigative reach” and more effectively cover happenings at the White House and on Capitol Hill (10). “Investigative reporting legend James Ridgeway, [ . ] longtime Washington correspondent for the Village Voice” and author of sixteen books on domestic and foreign politics, was hired to head the new investigative team. The Washington bureau is overseen by Managing Editor [check!] Monika Bauerlein. [...]
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