D Magazine

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Editor-in-ChiefWick Allison
Categoriescity magazine
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherPhyllis McKnight
Total circulation
(June 2012)
60,971[1]
First issueOctober 1974 (1974-October)
CompanyD Magazine Partners
CountryUnited States
Based inDallas, Texas
Websitewww.dmagazine.com
ISSN0161-7826

D Magazine is a monthly magazine covering Dallas-Fort Worth. It is headquartered in Downtown Dallas.[2]

D Magazine exists to enrich the lives of its readers, whether by making recommendations on where to spend their time and money; instilling in them a sense of place by introducing them to the people who make it unique; or explaining how the city works (or doesn’t). It covers a range of topics including politics, business, food, fashion and lifestyle in the city of Dallas. The first issue was published in October 1974 by its founders, Wick Allison and Jim Atkinson.

History[edit]

D Magazine was founded in 1974 by two University of Texas graduates, Wick Allison and Jim Atkinson. Both had a vision of giving Dallas an independent city magazine with an impact that would serve readers’ interests. They developed their concept after-hours while Allison, a Dallas native, attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University and Atkinson reported on KERA’s daily Newsroom program. Their vision was backed financially by young Dallas business people who shared their belief in the need for a strong city magazine.

The magazine received an early boost from Neiman Marcus founder Stanley Marcus, who sent a letter to 200,000 Neiman Marcus cardholders in the Dallas area, urging them to subscribe to the new magazine. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).[3]

The magazine was not well received by everyone. In 1975 then-mayor Wes Wise sued the magazine for libel.[citation needed] That same year the Dallas Restaurant Association sent a letter to its members urging an advertising boycott of the magazine because of its critical dining reviews. In 1990, American Express purchased the magazine, but the new ownership was not successful. In 1996, original founder Wick Allison repurchased the magazine with a group of investors, and in 2003 became the sole owner.

The editors and staff writers of D also publish FrontBurner, a blog about things relating to Dallas. In 2000, Allison launched a sister magazine, D Home, for the home furnishings industry, and in 2003 a magazine for local brides called D Weddings. By 2007 there were five more magazines under the D brand, serving various communities of interest, as well as nine associated community weeklies serving affluent neighborhoods in Dallas.

In 2008, D Magazine laid off 19% of its staff and closed three of its newspapers due to shrinking revenue from advertising.[4] The magazine laid off an additional 12% of its staff in 2009.[5]

Today, D Magazine is again part of the lifeblood of Dallas. Circulation has soared some 500 percent since 1996, and D has become one of the best-selling magazines per capita in the United States on local newsstands. The reason for its success is its devotion to editorial quality. Each monthly issue is a tour of the local cosmos: art, culture, politics, dining, personalities, media, business, fashion, and style, presented in intelligent, witty storytelling and powerful photography. D is a member of the original generation of city magazines: New York Magazine, Washingtonian, Philadelphia Magazine, Boston, and Chicago, which combined new journalism and pithy reader service to form a sophisticated local genre. These magazines, which today are powerful brands in their own cities, have thrived throughout decades of media reinvention. D Magazine Partners also publishes D Home, D CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Directory, D Weddings, Private School Handbook, and Dmagazine.com, a daily resource for best restaurants in Dallas, recommendations for things to do, local news, and commentary on life in Dallas.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Category Award Title
2019 City & Regional Magazine Awards Multiplatform Storytelling Winner D Magazine, "A Day in Dallas" — D Magazine Partners
General Excellence 2 (Circulation 30,000 to 60,000) D Magazine — D Magazine Partners
Ancillary: Weddings Finalist D Weddings, Fall/Winter 2018 — D Magazine Partners
Ancillary: General Interest D CEO, November 2018 — D Magazine Partners
Profile (Circulation less than 60,000) D Magazine, "The Rogue Shepherd" (Kathy Wise) — D Magazine Partners
Ancillary: Home/Shelter D Home, November/December 2018 — D Magazine Partners
2018 FOLIO Awards: Eddies City & Regional - Long-Form Feature Content Winner D Magazine, The Rogue Shepherd — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Podcast D Magazine, EarBurner Podcast — D Magazine Partners
Consumer/Custom - Supplemental, Annual or One-Shot D Magazine, 100 Ideas to Living a Beautiful Life in Dallas — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Range of Work by a Single Author Honorable Mention D Magazine, Zac Crain — D Magazine Partners
Consumer - Newsletter D Magazine, D Brief — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Immersive/Interactive Storytelling D Magazine, 10 Most Stylish People in Dallas — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Full Issue - South West D Magazine, May 2018 — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Full Issue - South West D Home, September/October 2017 — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Special Recognition Individuals & Teams - Magazine of the Year D Magazine — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Ozzies City & Regional - Feature Design Winner D Magazine, Best Steakhouses Feature — D Magazine Partners
City & Regional - Cover Design Honorable Mention D Magazine, Best Steakhouses — D Magazine Partners
Consumer - Photography D Weddings, Gown Shoot — D Magazine Partners
Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) Awards Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature Winner D Magazine, "Taste Japan in Dallas" (Eve Hill-Agnus) — D Magazine Partners
Best Food Coverage in a Magazine D Magazine, Eve Hill-Agnus — D Magazine Partners
2017 FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital City & Regional - News Coverage Winner D Magazine, Barrett Brown's City Council Reports — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Eddies City & Regional - Series of Articles D Magazine, Coverage of Dr. Christopher Duntsch — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Digital Consumer/City & Regional - Site Design Honorable Mention D Magazine, Visual Storytelling: Greatest Dallasites — D Magazine Partners
2016 FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital Consumer - Column/Blog Honorable Mention D Magazine, The Real Housewives of Dallas Recaps — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Eddies Consumer - Single Article - Regional D Magazine, When Henry Wade Executed an Innocent Man — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Digital Consumer - Site Design D Magazine, Neighborhood Guides — D Magazine Partners
FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Consumer - Overall Design - Under 250,000 Circulation DMagazine.com
2015 FOLIO Awards: Eddies Digital Consumer - Website - Media/Entertainment Publishing Honorable Mention D Magazine, How Not To Get Away With Murder
FOLIO Awards: Eddies Consumer - Single Article - Regional DMagazine.com
FOLIO Awards: Ozzies Consumer - Site Design D Weddings, Spring/Summer 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D Magazine Audit". Circulation Verification Council. June 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Home page. D Magazine. Retrieved on May 30, 2014. "750 N St Paul St Ste 2100 Dallas, TX 75201"
  3. ^ "CRMA Magazines". City and Regional Magazine Association. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "D Magazine cuts staff, closes three papers". Dallas Business Journal. November 18, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "D Magazine lays off 12". Dallas Business Journal. March 5, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2010.

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