In These Times
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Magazine cover, November 2010.
|Categories||Progressive news and opinion|
|Circulation||18,000 (as of 2011[update])|
|First issue||November 1976|
|Company||Institute for Public Affairs|
|Based 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.
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. 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.
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'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.
Notable contributors to the magazine have included:
- Noam Chomsky
- Alexander Cockburn
- Barbara Ehrenreich
- Norman Finkelstein
- Laura Flanders
- Annette Fuentes
- Juan Gonzalez
- David Graeber
- Glenn Greenwald
- Miles Harvey
- Doug Ireland
- John Judis
- Garrison Keillor
- Naomi Klein
- Robert W. McChesney
- Rick Perlstein
- Jeffrey St. Clair
- Jane Slaughter
- James Thindwa
- Kurt Vonnegut
- Joan Walsh
- Fred Weir
- Paul Wellstone
- Slavoj Žižek
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.
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
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.
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- Bill Bigelow; Bob Peterson (January 1, 2002). Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World. Rethinking Schools. p. 380. ISBN 978-0-942961-28-7. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
- Chicago Sun Times. November 15, 1976.
- 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"
- "Political Coverage: In These Times: 2006 UIPA Winners". Utne Reader. January / February 2007.