In These Times

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In These Times
In These Times November 2010.jpeg
Magazine cover, November 2010.
Editor Joel Bleifuss
Categories Progressive news and opinion
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 18,000 (as of 2011)
Publisher Joel Bleifuss
Founder James Weinstein
Year founded 1976; 38 years ago (1976)
First issue November 1976; 38 years ago (1976-11)
Company Institute for Public Affairs
Country United States
Based in Chicago, Illinois
Language English
Website inthesetimes.com
ISSN 0160-5992
OCLC number 60620754

In These Times is an American politically progressive/democratic socialist monthly magazine of news and opinion published by the Institute for Public Affairs in Chicago, Illinois.

It was established as a broadsheet-format fortnightly newspaper in 1976 by James Weinstein, a lifelong socialist, with the aid of intellectuals including Julian Bond, Noam Chomsky and Herbert Marcuse.

It investigates alleged corporate and government wrongdoing, covers international affairs, and has a cultural section. It regularly reports on environmental issues, feminism, grassroots democracy, minority communities, progressive ideals and the media.

Weinstein was the publication's founding editor and publisher; its current editor and publisher is Joel Bleifuss.

As of 2011, it had a circulation of over 18,000. As a nonprofit organization, the magazine is financed through subscriptions and donations.

History[edit]

In 1976, Weinstein, an historian and former editor of Studies on the Left, launched the politically progressive journal In These Times. He sought to model the newsweekly on the early-20th-century socialist paper the Appeal to Reason. "We intend to speak to corporate capitalism as the great issue of our time, and to socialism as the popular movement that will meet it" he told the Chicago Sun Times on the eve of the first issue's release.[1] While Weinstein himself was involved with both the New American Movement and the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, he wanted the journal to be independent of any one political party or faction. Thus, over the years it has published a wide variety of contributors – from anarchists, to union members, to centrists.

During the 1980s, the publication won notoriety for its investigative reporting of the Iran–Contra affair. It has since broken stories on the deliberate destruction of Iraqi water treatment plants by US forces during the first Gulf War (1990-1991), global warming, and on the emergence of mad cow disease.

During the 1980s, and up to 1992, it was a biweekly newspaper and a democratic-socialist competitor to the National Guardian, which was a biweekly newspaper that was closer to Marxism–Leninism.[2]

Senior editor Silja J.A. Talvi won two National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS Awards (2005, 2006) for her reporting on the impact of three strikes sentencing on African-American men, and on the trend toward privatization of the prison system.

The magazine was awarded the Utne Reader's Independent Press Award for Best Political Coverage in 2006.[3]

Contributors[edit]

Two of the magazine's longest-running columns are Salim Muwakkil's The Third Coast, covering race relations, and Susan J. Douglas's Back Talk, a critical review of the mass media.

David Moberg has reported on labor and political economy for the magazine since its inception in 1976.

The magazine's editor Joel Bleifuss has written for it since the mid-1980s. More stories from his column, The First Stone, have been included in Project Censored's "Top 25 Censored Stories of the Year" than any other journalist.

Other columnists include H. Candace Gorman, Laura S. Washington and Terry J. Allen.

Current[when?] senior editors include Terry J. Allen, Patricia Aufderheide, Adam Doster, Douglas, Moberg, Muwakkil and David Sirota.

Notable contributors to the magazine have included:

Layout[edit]

Each issue includes Frontline, Features, Views, and Culture sections.

  • The Frontline department consists of several recent news items. A hallmark of Frontline is the Appall-o-meter which highlights particularly ironic or astonishing news quirks.
  • The Features section is made up of several longer pieces, including the cover story, and analyses.
  • The Views department consists of three to four opinion columns.
  • The Culture portion of the magazine features book, film, theatre and music reviews. Other elements of popular culture such as television programming, and fashion are critically examined in this section.

Most issues run political cartoons from Tom Tomorrow or Terry Laban.

The magazine's tagline has evolved over the years from "The Independent Socialist Newspaper" in 1976, to "The Alternative News Magazine" in the early 1990s, to "With liberty and justice for all..." today.

The ITT List[edit]

The ITT List is a blog by the magazine's editors and staff. It is frequently updated with small news stories that are not published in the print edition.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chicago Sun Times. November 15, 1976.
  2. ^ The Guardian of New York, NY, not the Manchester Guardian. Peter Miller, "Carl Davidson: From SDS and The Guardian, to cyRev and CyberRadicalism for the 21st Century"
  3. ^ "Political Coverage: In These Times: 2006 UIPA Winners". Utne Reader. January / February 2007.

External links[edit]

  • inthesetimes.com, the magazine's official website (a portion of its content is available free of charge; yearly subscriptions are available for the full print edition)
  • Fire on the Prairie – podcast (active 2003–2006) with interviews and speeches from progressive leaders