Jim Giles: co-founder
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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.”
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. The success of the campaign generated discussion about new business models in journalism.
In April 2013, Johnson and Giles announced that Matter had been acquired by Medium, a new publishing platform established by Twitter founder Ev Williams. In June 2014, Matter was relaunched as a general interest publication under editor in chief Mark Lotto.
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.
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