The First 20
The First 20

A Business History of Slate

How this magazine has made money, from paywall to spon con.

Sept. 30 2016 12:10 PM“I Regard All of My Columns as Failures and Hate Them Equally”Jack Shafer did as much as anyone to forge Slate’s sensibility.
Sept. 29 2016 2:15 PM“Just Asking the Question and Trying to Answer It”Where was Slate on 9/11?
Sept. 28 2016 6:30 AMDead Tree EditionAt one point you could buy printed copies of Slate at Starbucks.
Sept. 26 2016 12:23 AMHeads of SlateOur four editors in chief gather to discuss the magazine’s greatest pieces, its knee-jerk contrarianism, and the secrets of its longevity.
Sept. 22 2016 1:41 PMThe SlatiestWe picked the smartest, funniest, most surprising pieces from our 20-year archive.
Sept. 20 2016 2:45 PMA History of Slate in 12 Pieces of SwagBy their crudely designed staff-retreat T-shirts shall ye know them.
Sept. 13 2016 6:04 AMThe Diana HiatusThe first great news story of the internet age happened while we were on vacation.
Sept. 11 2016 9:16 PMThe Electric ArchiveWhat does it mean for a magazine to leave no paper trail?
Sept. 30 2016 10:04 AM“We Sent Way Too Much Email”Former Slatesters remember.
Sept. 28 2016 2:48 PMSlate Podcasts’ Greatest HitsOur gabbers dig through their archives.
Sept. 27 2016 5:48 PMStop Trying to Make “Flytrap” HappenSlate’s greatest failures.
Sept. 23 2016 11:44 AMA History of Slate in Nine Home PagesJust be glad we stopped using page numbers.
Sept. 21 2016 12:47 PMWhat Was Blorple Falls?A Slate investigation.
Sept. 19 2016 2:30 PMYesterday’s PapersSlate’s first hit feature invented the modern web, kind of.
Sept. 12 2016 12:09 PMWhat Slate Said About the Next 20How we covered the events that are shaping the future.