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DG #50 launch event

At our launch event for the 50th issue of Delayed Gratification, co-founders and editorial directors Marcus Webb and Rob Orchard joined author Molly Flatt at Waterstones Gower Street in London. With the new issue fresh from the printers, they chatted about their Slow Journalism philosophy and how it felt to reach this landmark issue.

Reminiscing on the first half century of the magazine, Rob and Marcus touched upon the highs and lows of twelve and a half years of making an independent, reader-funded news magazine. They discussed their favourite infographics (Rob’s: search terms that spiked during Covid; Marcus’s: the football World Cup where every team wins something) and the stories they’ve covered in DG which deserved far more coverage in the ‘fast’ media, such as the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

From left: Marcus Webb, Molly Flatt, Rob Orchard

The co-editors, who first worked together in Dubai around 20 years ago, talked about why they launched a magazine dedicated to thorough, contemplative and reflective journalism. They also answered audience questions about the stories behind the articles and infographics, about finding the right balance between uplifting and gloomy news, and about how DG can remain relevant in such a fast-paced news industry.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you for continuing to support our reader-funded Slow Journalism. Here’s to the next 50!

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