Dispatches (magazine)

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Dispatches OnRussia cover.jpg
Editor Gary Knight, Mort Rosenblum
Categories Photography, International affairs, foreign affairs
Frequency 4/year
Publisher Simba Gill
Year founded 2008
Final issue
Company Dispatches Corp.
Country International
Based in UK, USA
Language English
Website www.rethink-dispatches.com
ISSN 1945-3329

Dispatches was a quarterly magazine founded in 2008 by photographer Gary Knight, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum, and pharmaceutical executive Dr. Simba Gill. It ceased publication after five issues.

With its signature plain brown paper cover, its small book-size format, and at almost 200 pages in length, Dispatches did not resemble a typical news magazine.[1] Nor did the magazines' emphasis on printed word (as opposed to online content) reflect the general trends in the media industry.[2] Further, Dispatches was distinguished by its use of long-form journalism and photo-essay to explore a single topic of international relevance in each issue.


Each issue of Dispatches focused on one topic in the fields of international relations and foreign affairs. Topics included "In America", "Beyond Iraq", and "On Russia". Contributors differed with each issue, as they were commissioned based on their experience and expertise in the topic being explored. Contributors included journalists, foreign correspondents, academics, novelists, and photographers.[2] Photography and photo-essays were prominent in the magazine, with approximately 80 pages per issue dedicated to the work of a single photographer documenting a single topic.[3]

By focusing on a single topic per issue, Dispatches attempted to give more depth on a given topic than was commonly found in the media. In its first issue, "In America", travel writer Paul Theroux highlighted the lack of depth in the media's coverage of events such as the Iraq War. He indicated "...what we are still getting - is foreground, no background".[4]


  1. ^ Lidman, Melanie (August–September 2008). "Going Long". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  2. ^ a b MacMillan, Robert (May 2008). "Dispatches magazine prefers print over Internet". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  3. ^ "Dispatches: Photography in context". Canon Profession Network. August 2008. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  4. ^ Stoehr, John (August 2008). "Dispatches in America". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2009-04-20.

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