Matter (magazine)

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Online Magazine
Founded 2012
Key people

Jim Giles: co-founder

Bobbie Johnson: co-founder
Owner Medium
Number of employees

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

In February 2016, it 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.”[1]

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.[2] The success of the campaign generated discussion about new business models in journalism.[3]

In April 2013, Johnson and Giles announced that Matter had been acquired by Medium, a new publishing platform established by Twitter founder Ev Williams.[4] In June 2014, Matter was relaunched as a general interest publication under editor in chief Mark Lotto.[5]

As part of its expansion into Matter Studios, under co-chief creative officers Mark Lotto and Hillary Frey, it will now produce digital journalism, podcasts, books, live events, documentaries and web series.[6]


  1. ^ "Ellie Awards 2016 Winners Announced | ASME". Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  2. ^ "MATTER". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  3. ^ Salmon, By Felix. "Matter's vision for long-form journalism". Reuters Blogs. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  4. ^ Jemima Kiss (2013-04-17). "Ev Williams acquires long-form journalism project Matter". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  5. ^ "The 60-second interview: Mark Lotto, editor in chief of Matter and senior editor of Medium". Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  6. ^ Hagey, Keach (2016-03-21). "Medium Spins Off Online Magazine Matter". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 

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