The Bold Italic

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The Bold Italic
Editor-in-chiefKeith A. Spencer
CategoriesSan Francisco culture
First issueSeptember 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco

The Bold Italic is an online, New Journalism culture magazine based in San Francisco. The magazine was founded in 2009,[1] as a collaboration between design firm IDEO and media company Gannett, who sold the magazine to local owners in 2015.

The Bold Italic covers culture, events, local businesses and news in San Francisco, and is well-known for series such as event-based bingo cards, Kid Food Reviews, and Made Up Charts. The style of reporting is often humorous and aimed at a young audience.[2] The Bold Italic was a Webby honoree and an IDSA finalist, and was named best webzine by SF Weekly.[2] The publication also experimented with a web store focused on local themed merchandise, which closed in January 2015.[3]

After 6 years of publishing, The Bold Italic was shut down by Gannett on April 7, 2015.[4][5] No official reason was given for the shutdown, though Gannett had taken other measures to cut costs across all its publications in recent years, including layoffs.[4] Shortly thereafter, in June 2015, Gannett sold the site to new owners, who began publishing again immediately.[6] In April 2016, the site announced its partnership with Medium, a San Francisco-based online publishing platform, and continues to publish articles daily.[7]


  1. ^ "Strange Fitness". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  2. ^ a b "The Bold Italic, IDEO-Designed Online Magazine, Shuts Down". Fast Company. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  3. ^ "50% Off Everything In The Bold Italic's Shop". Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  4. ^ a b "The Bold Italic, experimental S.F. magazine site, shuts down". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  5. ^ "About The Bold Italic". The Bold Italic. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  6. ^ Niemanlab June 2015.
  7. ^ The Bold Italic Editors. "We are Excited to Partner with Medium". Medium. Retrieved 2016-04-11.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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