Type of site
|Created by||Bobbie Johnson and Jim Giles|
History and profile
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. Following the successful campaign, an initial release of the online magazine was designed by Paul Lloyd and Jeremy Keith of Clearleft, and developed by Phil Gyford. 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.
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."
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.
- "MATTER". Kickstarter. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- "MATTER and Medium". Medium. 2013-04-17. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
- Salmon, By Felix (2012-02-23). "Matter's vision for long-form journalism". Reuters Blogs. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- Jemima Kiss (April 17, 2013). "Ev Williams acquires long-form journalism project Matter". The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "The 60-second interview: Mark Lotto, editor in chief of Matter and senior editor of Medium". Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected
- "Ellie Awards 2016 Winners Announced | ASME". Magazine.org. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- 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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