- Winner of 2007 Online Journalism Award for Commentary from a large Web site given to William Saletan. Slate's Deputy Editor David Plotz was also nominated in the same category.
- Winner of two of Min's Best of the Web Awards, to Jacob Weisberg for Editor of Web site and for best podcast/videocast.
- Winner of the 2006 Weblog Award for best podcast. (Andy Bowers, executive producer and host.)
- Winner of four 2006 Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards: (Internet Travel Article) Gold, David Plotz, "An American Barbecue Pilgrimage"; Silver, Jacob Weisberg, "Book Hunting in Britain"; Bronze, Seth Stevenson, "Should I Move to Amsterdam?"; (Special Purpose Travel) Gold, Seth Stevenson, "Baja, Top to Bottom."
- 2006 Winner of the Web Marketing Awards for Best Media Web Site and Best Photography Web Site.
- 2006 Vincent J. Scully Prize from the National Building Museum awarded to Witold Rybczynski, recognizing Rybczynski's architecture criticism in Slate.
- 2006 EPpy Award for Best Internet News Service (over 1 million visitors). The award is made by Editor and Publisher and Mediaweek.
- 2006 Award from the Chicago Headline Club/Society of Professional Journalists in the category of commentary given to Slate's Austan Goolsbee
- 2006 James Beard Journalism Award given to Sara Dickerman for "Down With Gloves." Slate's Mike Steinberger was also nominated in the same category.
- 2005 First-Place Winner in the "Faux Faulkner Contest": Sam Apple, for "The Administration and the Fury" in Slate.
- 2005 Winner of Online News Association awards for Online Commentary, large sites: Seth Stevenson, Slate.com, "Ad Report Card," and Enterprise Journalism, large sites: Slate.com, "What is Torture?" Special recognition: Mickey Kaus, Slate.com, "Kausfiles."
- 2005 Winner of two EPpy awards for Best Internet News Service with more than 1 million monthly visitors, and Best Internet Entertainment Service with more than 1 million monthly visitors.
- 2005 Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award to Meghan O'Rourke in field of Online Commentary
- Winner of three 2005 Society of American Travel Writers awards: (Cultural Tourism Article) Gold, Seth Stevenson, "Trying Really Hard To Like India"; (Personal Comment) Bronze, Matthew Polly, "Brown Revisited"; (Internet Travel Article) Silver, Elisabeth Eaves, "Dancing in Spanish: Flamenco in Seville."
Oct. 28, 2008: Highlights of Charlie Rose to Appear on Slate
Oct. 6, 2008: Slate Breaks Traffic Record in September
Sept. 15, 2008: The Slate Group Launches The Big Money
July 14, 2008: Slate Hires Technology Writer Farhad Manjoo
June 4, 2008: The Washington Post Company Announces The Slate Group
March 18, 2008: Slate Announces New Publisher
March 17, 2008: Slate Launches Law Blog
Feb. 11, 2008: Slate 60 List Celebrates Leading Philanthropists
Oct. 17, 2007: Slate Expands Political Coverage
Sept. 4, 2007: Slate V Becomes a Strong Force in Web Video
April 16, 2007: Slate Launches Second Green Challenge To Reduce Carbon Emissions
March 14, 2007: Clive James' Inimitable Interviews to Appear on Slate
Feb. 26, 2007: Ron Rosenbaum to Join Slate Magazine
Jan. 30, 2007: Slate Magazine to Screen "The Situation" in New York City
Oct. 23, 2006: Slate Launches Green Challenge To Reduce Carbon Emissions
Oct. 6, 2006: Additional Speakers Announced for Slate 60 Conference
Sept. 26, 2006: Slate Magazine Launches New Video Series
June 26, 2006: Slate Marks 10th Anniversary With New Design
Feb. 17, 2006: America's Biggest Donors Scale Back Their Giving in 2005
Jan. 18, 2006: Slate Breaks Into Top 20 News Sites for December
Sept. 29, 2005: Slate Adds Top Technology Writer Adam Penenberg
June 10, 2005: Slate Wins Two EPpys
March 8, 2005: Slate 60 List of Top Philanthropists Released
MediaPost (July 25, 2008)
"Infiniti, Amex First Sponsors Of Slate's The Big Money Site—Infiniti and American Express have signed on as the first sponsors of The Big Money, the soon-to-launch, business-focused property from Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI)'s Slate Group. Digitas and OMD are behind the creative for American Express and Infiniti, respectively. The Big Money, which is scheduled to go live in September, will cater to Slate Group's educated, affluent audience, according to Publisher John Alderman, but with a tech-savvy focus on business and finance. "Slate has an audience that's incredibly interested in business," Alderman said. "MoneyBox, for example, is one of our long-standing and most popular columns.
"BizBox--which Slate launched in conjunction with American Express in 2006--also revolves around business, with blogs, forums and videos aimed at small business owners. The sponsored content links directly to OPEN, American Express' small business network. As part of The Big Money launch, Alderman, who also serves as general manager of The Slate Group, said that BizBox content will be expanded, with American Express spotlighted as a title sponsor.
"Meanwhile, Infiniti is currently running rich media ads against The Big Money teaser content on Slate.com."
The New York Times (June 5, 2008)
"Slate's Editor Will Head a New Unit at the Washington Post Co.—The editor of Slate will oversee a new unit of the Washington Post Company and look to broaden the pioneering Internet magazine's portfolio. Jacob Weisberg, the editor of Slate since 2002, will become chairman and editor in chief of the Slate Group, overseeing the current publications and new ventures and reporting to Donald E. Graham, the company's chief executive, the company said Wednesday.
"David Plotz, Mr. Weisberg's longtime deputy, will take over as editor of Slate. Slate helped set the standards for online journalism when it was formed by Microsoft in 1996. The Washington Post Company purchased Slate in 2005. The site, which is now profitable, averages 6.5 million unique visitors a month, according to comScore. "Slate has become a good business, and I think the Slate Group can expand to be a bigger business," Mr. Weisberg said."
New York Observer (June 4, 2008)
"David Plotz Named Editor of Slate, Jacob Weisberg Bumped Up to Chief Editor of 'Slate Group'—The Slate family is getting bigger, and consquently, a restructuring is in order! David Plotz, longtime deputy for the thinky, contrarian Web magazine, is becoming the new chief editor of the site. He'll be the third editor of the 12-year-old site, succeeding Jacob Weisberg who succeeded Michael Kinsley.
"Weisberg will now oversee all the Slate Web sites in a role not dissimilar to Jim Kelly's current role at Time Life. "I'll be in charge of what we do: who works for us, who writes for us, how we cover it," said Mr. Plotz to Media Mob today.
"Plotz has been with Slate since before it launched in 1996, and has been its deputy editor since 2003. He's not entirely unfamiliar with the roles of top editor: when Weisberg went on book leave last spring, Plotz took over his duties. And he's got ideas for the site."
Reuters (March 17, 2008)
"Slate to launch business site, 'The Big Money'--Slate, the online news and opinion magazine owned by The Washington Post Co. (WPO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), plans to join a bustling business news market with an analysis and commentary site expected to launch this summer. "The Big Money" aims to use wit and irreverance to explain the arcana of Wall Street, the same way Slate has done with general and political news, Editor James Ledbetter told Reuters in an interview."
The Wall Street Journal (February 12, 2008)
"With so much attention paid to the Forbes list, it's refreshing to see BusinessWeek, Slate and the Chronicle of Philanthropy put out their annual rankings of America's biggest charitable donors. Slate yesterday came out with its list of America's 60 top charitable donors."
Bloomberg News(February 11, 2008)
"The late Leona Helmsley and Barron Hilton, Hilton Hotels Corp. co-chairman, topped Slate Magazine's list of charitable donors in 2007 with gifts to family-related foundations. Helmsley, the hotelier and real-estate developer who died in August, led with a $4 billion bequest to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust last year, according to Slate's list of the top 60 philanthropists."
The Chicago Tribune (September 6, 2007)
"Before I list my current top-five podcasts and urge you to give this new medium a try, I probably should define what a podcast is.
"The five I recommend here are professionally produced, mainstream programs that are likely to be gateways to niche podcasts you'll discover once you get over the small hurdle of figuring out how and where to subscribe (Apple's free iTunes program for Mac and Windows makes it ridiculously simple, but other programs are easy too).
"2. The Gabfest. This weekly, news-in-review chat show from Slate is a delightfully informal round-table conversation among three Washington print journalists -- the online magazine's political correspondent John Dickerson, senior editor Emily Bazelon and deputy editor David Plotz. The listener feels like the fourth at a gathering of witty, opinionated and well-informed friends."
MediaPost (September 4, 2007)
"Slate's online video magazine Slate V is proving to be a sticky destination--delivering more than 2 million video downloads since its launch in late June, its creators report.
"The site, which gets daily promotion from the Slate.com home page, launched with a 10-month advertising flight from Infiniti and a commitment to produce one original video each weekday as well as a "Did You See This" hand-picked editorial favorites compilation from around the Web."
The Chicago Tribune (August 22, 2007)
"If you've paid any attention to news-and-information Web sites lately, you've noticed that most are trying to dress them up with the latest Internet fad, video.
"These efforts are only intermittently effective. A reporter or columnist reading his piece aloud just feels like a naked ploy to keep you glued to the site a little longer, unless that writer has the vocal charisma of James Earl Jones. A video of a profile subject, on the other hand, can greatly enhance a print story.
"But what's most challenging and, in the long run, probably most effective, is what the online magazine Slate is doing.
"Its pioneering new video site Slate V concentrates on trying to come up with original video concepts, such as a demonstration of the 12 basic types of advertisements, using TV spots, or a test of which water gun works best, using staffers in T-shirts."
The Wall Street Journal (June 1, 2007)"The Project: Slate V, an online video site to be launched June 25 by Slate.com, the daily Web magazine about politics, news and culture owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Slate, which has hosted videos on its site since August, plans to produce at least one new video a day for Slate V. One example: a regular feature called "Damned Spot," consisting of short videos that dissect political ads.
"The Buzz: Nissan's Infiniti has signed up to be the site's exclusive sponsor for 10 months. Infiniti and Slate V will promote the site at film festivals, giving Nissan the opportunity to connect with the audience online and off, says Kristi Lind, client communications director for Nissan and Infiniti at Omnicom Group's media-buying firm OMD. Infiniti ads, which promote both the new video site and the car brand, will start running on Slate.com today. The new site will also solicit videos from users, and pay for the best -- similar to the way Slate publishes articles from freelancers. "We want to professionalize Web video," says David Plotz, Slate's acting editor."
MediaPost (Nov. 14, 2005)
IN A FIRST FOR ONLINE magazine Slate.com, a single marketer—retailer JC Penney—has purchased all display ads on the site today. The arrangement, which ends at midnight, gives JC Penney banner ads on every Slate.com page, as well as "special ad section" buttons at the bottom of the navigational tabs. Avenue A/Razorfish, Chicago handled JC Penney's media buy, or "site buyout." All of today's ads drive visitors to a holiday-themed microsite, JCPGifts.com.
Slate publisher Cliff Sloan added that the Web magazine has been working with marketers to come up with new ways to structure ads. "One thing that is a big priority for us is to be very innovative in advertising--to work with advertisers to reach our audience in innovative ways," he said.
National Review Online (June 10, 2005)
"We had White House communications director Dan Bartlett in today for an editorial board meeting. I asked him if blogs fit into the WH's communications strategy. He said he has people on his staff whose full-time job is to monitor the blogs to keep up with what's going on. I asked him what the most important blogs to read, from the White House's point of view, are. He said that in terms of what influences the mindset of the Washington media, Kausfiles, the Slate daily roundup of the papers, and Andrew Sullivan were crucial ones to keep up with."
Fishbowl DC (mediabistro.com May 17, 2005)
"When we quotedTime's John Dickerson today, we didn't realize it was the last time we'd write such a thing. Turns out that he's departing from Time to become Slate's chief political correspondent, joining what is perhaps D.C.'s pound-for-pound most talented bureau."
Online Journalism Review(April 5, 2005)
"Slate has made its mark not just with political reporting and insightful features, but with its people-powered aggregators like the groundbreaking Today's Papers and In Other Magazines. The concept is simple: Have a writer read other media and sum it up in a witty way for the time-challenged consumer. Taking on Weblogs makes a lot of sense for Slate, and they promise in their promos to deliver 'Five Million Blogs in Five Minutes.'
"Today's Blogs is a lively read and largely focuses on the most popular A-list bloggers and the memes they are following."
The Charlie Rose Show(March 2005)
Guest: Jonathan Klein, president CNN
KLEIN: And a lot of our viewers, I think, may confuse awareness with knowledge. And that's an opportunity for us. That gap between being aware of the story...
ROSE: To provide the knowledge or to provide what?
KLEIN: To provide the knowledge. To provide information and facts, and things you just didn't know. And you know who does that really well? NPR does that really well, and "Wall Street Journal" does that really well. A couple of newsmagazines do it well, sites like Slate do that really well. They presume that you know--Jon Stewart does it well in a different way--they presume that you know the basics of what's going on, and then they tell you much more.
OMMA (Feb. 1, 2005)
"Sites We Love"
"SLATE: A brand born on the Web continues to raise the bar
"There aren't too many online publications that serve up incisive commentary and critique on the issues of the day, whether they're Supreme Court decisions or movie reviews. Sure, there are newspaper sites that do an excellent job but brands born and bred purely online, they are not.
"It could be argued that online publications like Slate helped lay the groundwork for bloggers by offering provocative essays on politics, culture, art, business, and practically everything else. We love Slate's "Chatterbox," "Webhead," and its arts and lifestyle coverage. Its multimedia travelogs are splendid. Having started as an experiment in online journalism and advertising eight years ago, Slate burgeoned into a must-read, developing an influential readership and a cache' that was nurtured within Microsoft Corp., despite the fact that the property never did fit into the software maker's empire. Late last year, Microsoft sold Slate to the Washington Post Co. where we believe it is sure to prosper and strike appropriate synergies with the company's other sites."