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Delayed Gratification at 50


We have our heads down working away on issue 50 of the magazine, which will be heading out to subscribers later this month. We reckon it’s our best issue yet.

Should you fancy coming to talk with us about it in person, we’re having a launch event in London, in the basement gallery space of Waterstones’ Gower Street store on Tuesday 27th June from 6pm-7.45pm.

DG contributor and author Molly Flatt will be interviewing us about how we made the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine, followed by an audience Q+A and a chance for a chat with the editors. If you fancy coming we’d love to see you – there’s a limited number of tickets on sale here, priced at £7 including welcome drink.

We’ll be talking about our Slow Journalism mission to provide an alternative to knee-jerk news production by returning to big stories after the dust has settled, the vagaries of running a small independent magazine, and how the world has changed since we launched Delayed Gratification back in 2011.

It has been an extraordinary time to be running a news magazine. This is just a short precis of some of the stories we’ve covered…

There’s been the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, the killing of Osama bin Laden and Black Lives Matter. The News of the World shut down by phone hacking and Julian Assange holing up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The annexation of Crimea. MH17, MH370 and Germanwings. Ebola. Zika. Isis. Brexit. North Korea hacking Sony to try and force them to cancel a comedy movie featuring Kim Jong Un. Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan and the Manchester Arena bombing. Amazing medical and technological advances. Wildfires in the Amazon and the Arctic. #MeToo and the fall of Harvey Weinstein. Civil war in Syria and Libya. Elon Musk offering to send a miniature submarine to help rescue a football team stuck underground in Thailand and then abusing a rescue expert on Twitter.

Not to mention… A third of the world’s population confined to their homes. The president of the United States musing that injecting disinfectant might help free the body of coronavirus during a pandemic that may or may not have been caused by someone in China eating a pangolin. Barnard Castle. The murder of Jamal Kashoggi. The lambasting of JK Rowling. Elon Musk launching a perfume that smells of burnt hair to help fund the purchase of Twitter, taking over as CEO and then polling users to ask whether he should resign. The storming of the Capitol. The storming of the Brazilian Congress. The invasion of Ukraine. The launch of the James Webb telescope. The overturning of Roe v Wade. Wagatha Christie. The micro-premiership of Elizabeth Truss. The devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Don’t worry, we won’t cover all of these at the talk. If you’d like to read our reporting on them all at your leisure, however, why not subscribe, and then head to our digital archive where 49 issues-worth of Slow Journalism await your pleasure…

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
Qi podcast

The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme