Matter (magazine)

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Type of site
Online Magazine
Available in English
Owner Matter Studio
Created by Bobbie Johnson and Jim Giles
Editor Mark Lotto
Commercial Yes
Launched 2012; 5 years ago (2012)

Matter is the online magazine published by Matter Studios, a multi-platform content studio owned by Twitter founder Ev Williams.

History and profile[edit]

Matter began life as an online publication specializing in long-form articles about science, technology, medicine and the environment. The founders, journalists Bobbie Johnson and Jim Giles, funded the project by raising $140,000 on Kickstarter in March 2012.[1] The success of the campaign generated discussion about new business models in journalism.[2]

In April 2013, Johnson and Giles announced that Matter had been acquired by Medium, a new publishing platform established by Twitter founder Ev Williams.[3] In June 2014, Matter was relaunched as a general interest publication under editor in chief Mark Lotto.[4]

In February 2016, Matter became the first digital publication to win a National Magazine Award in the prestigious category of reporting, for Joshua Hammer's story on the Ebola epidemic, "My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected"[5][6]

In March 2016, Medium spun off Matter into an independent company, Matter Studios, owned by Medium founder Ev Williams. As part of its expansion into Matter Studios, under co-chief creative officers Mark Lotto and Hillary Frey, it produces digital journalism, podcasts, books, live events, documentaries and web series.[7]


  1. ^ "MATTER". Kickstarter. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Salmon, By Felix. "Matter’s vision for long-form journalism". Reuters Blogs. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jemima Kiss (April 17, 2013). "Ev Williams acquires long-form journalism project Matter". The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The 60-second interview: Mark Lotto, editor in chief of Matter and senior editor of Medium". Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected
  6. ^ "Ellie Awards 2016 Winners Announced | ASME". Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hagey, Keach (March 21, 2016). "Medium Spins Off Online Magazine Matter". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 

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