When issue 19 of the magazine was released, the Letter from the Editor included a note that the magazine staff was taking a short break, and would use the downtime to consider improvements to the magazine. During that time, the magazine team considered many different options.
Now the break is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that we are significantly changing the way we publish our content. Instead of releasing a monthly PDF version of the magazine, we are going to fully integrate our content into the main wdwnewstoday.com website. Our magazine articles will be published as featured content of the site. The plan is to publish a couple of articles each weekend. The articles will be highlighted as magazine articles to stand apart from the regular news posts on the site. I’ll try to answer some questions that may come up, but please let us know if you have any other questions.
Why are we making this change?
There are a couple of reasons, most notably:
- This will allow us to significantly reduce the publication time of articles, getting them to our readers much quicker, thus allowing for more timely and relevant articles.
- This allows better searching of the magazine content for our readers.
- Easier for our readers to access the magazine content. This will allow readers to go to a single site for Disney news and analysis, rather than going to multiple sites.
When does this start?
Right now! With the publication of this post, we will begin regular posting of magazine articles to the wdwnewstoday.com website. As noted above, we will be publishing new content on a weekly basis. So check back often.
So is this the end of the print version of WDWNT: The Magazine?
As a monthly print magazine, yes. However, we are working on some ideas that will allow us to publish a quarterly or semi-annual print version that contains a review of articles published during the previous period. In addition, the first 19 issues will continue to be available.
Isn’t this basically just turning the magazine into a blog?
While we are using blog technology, we strongly believe that what differentiates us from a traditional blog is going to be our content. Our publishing model might be changing, but our content and our editorial voice is not going to be changing. We are going to continue to focus on longer articles with creative topics that will appeal to Disney fans. I am extremely proud of the fantastic content that the magazine team has produced over 19 issues, and I am confident that we will continue that going forward.
I hope that this post provides an overview of the new direction for WDWNT: The Magazine. I am very excited about where we are going, and I am certain that we will continue to bring you the most educational and most entertaining content available to Disney fans anywhere.
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