Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note May 2014

Welcome to the 100th issue of the Monthly.

As the new editor, it is my good fortune to announce this landmark, but the honour really belongs to others. The magazine’s reputation and success has been earnt by the gifted previous editors, by the staff, past and present, and by the writers – who deliver again this month.

When the Monthly launched in 2005 there was no shortage of sceptics: it wouldn’t find a big enough market to support the high production costs; there weren’t the writers to sustain it; it would never be anything but a niche outfit. But then again, the same things were said about Black Inc. publishing, the Quarterly Essay and more recently The Saturday Paper. We’re all thriving.

The media landscape is always shifting and reading habits are always changing, but we intend to keep demonstrating that there’s a real demand for quality journalism and writing in Australia and there are publishing models that work.

Finally, thanks to all of our readers for your support. Long may it continue.

Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.


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