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Financing cultural journals: A European survey
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Eurozine Editorial

Financing cultural journals: A European survey

editorial Like other types of cultural organization reliant on public funds, cultural journals throughout Europe have felt the impact of recession. In addition to funding cuts, journals are also having to negotiate the upheavals taking place in the print sector. As a network of European cultural journals, Eurozine must collectively take stock of the situation it finds itself in and communicate its experiences both internally and to others who hold a stake in European cultural policy today. [ more ]

12.09.2012
 
Simon Worthington

"A larger programme of creative destruction"

Mute, UK

UK Internationalizing itself following a 100 per cent defunding by the Arts Council of England, "Mute" magazine is developing new publishing strategies in the digital field while retaining a strong commitment to the long-form text, writes director Simon Worthington. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Evald Flisar

"Culture has been marginalized, even stigmatized"

Sodobnost, Slovenia

slovenia Swingeing funding cuts with worse expected has left Slovenian journals to a death by instalments, writes "Sodobnost" editor Evald Flisar. The new government's disdain for national culture combines with a unhealthy proximity to the corporate sector. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Göran Dahlberg, Martin Engberg

"Media change is a slow process"

Glänta and Ord&Bild, Sweden

Sweden A long-standing media diversity policy in Sweden means journals such as "Glänta" and "Ord&Bild" enjoy an exceptional degree of stability. The question is how, amidst the massive changes affecting other media, they can turn the particular character of the cultural journal into a strength. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Osman Deniztekin

"The squeeze is being applied selectively"

Varlik, Turkey

turkey A long tradition of financial independence might come to an end if "Varlik's" sales decline much further, says the editor of the Turkish journal. In a climate where cultural support is heavily politicized, "Varlik's" future stands or falls on the demand for critical content. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Daniel Leisegang

"The real problem is not the recession"

Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Germany

Germany As an independent, self-financing publication, "Blätter" is a relative exception in the journals field. So far, it has not felt the impact of recession; rather, the big challenges lie in generating demand for political content and keeping pace with media change. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Victor Tsilonis

"Meritocracy is a ghost"

Intellectum, Greece

greece With sharp drops in advertising revenue and drastic public cuts, the financing system for Greek journals has never been less transparent. As the "networking" factor attains new levels, meritocracy seems a far-off dream, says "Intellectum" editor Victor Tsilonis. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Märt Väljataga

"The impact of new media remains unclear"

Vikerkaar, Estonia

Estonia Generous funding for Estonian journals, rooted in the politics of national identity, has shielded them from the effects of the crisis. Yet past continuity is no guarantee for the future, as "Vikerkaar" and others negotiate the transition from print to digital formats. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Walter Famler, Andrea Zederbauer

"A dramatic decline in advertising revenue"

Wespennest, Austria

Austria A dramatic decline of advertising revenue has forced Austrian journal "Wespennest" to scale down from four to two issues a year. While commitment to the print format remains undiminished, the question of how to build up readerships across generations remains open. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Artur Celinski

"Professionalization, not cultural politics"

Res Publica Nowa, Poland

poland In Poland, policy for journals funding is all about "professionalization", writes "Res Publica Nowa" editor Artur Celinski. Declining subsidies together with a sluggish sales climate obliges the young journal to diversify into areas beyond strictly publishing. [ more ]

12.09.2012
Marek Seckar

"Our reach is very limited, and this makes us vulnerable"

Host, Czech Republic

Czech Republic Czech journals depend heavily on steadily declining state funds. As a small sector of the cultural budget, funding for journals barely registers wider policy trends. It is precisely this inconspicuousness that gives cause for concern, says "Host" editor Marek Seckar. [ more ]

12.09.2012
 
Emica Antoncic

ECC for survival

culture and economy A flurry of creative activity in Maribor, one of the European Capitals of Culture 2012, obscures the absence of a coherent and sustainable concept for the city's cultural sector. Independent publishers are left facing an uncertain future, writes the editor of "Dialogi". [ more ]

10.10.2012
Claudia Ciobanu, Mircea Vasilescu

"The Romanian press is beyond salvation"

An interview with Mircea Vasilescu

journals Earlier this year, Eurozine partner "Dilema Veche" was almost dragged down with the rest of a failing Romanian press. But thanks to original journalism, inventive strategy and an independent attitude, the magazine looks like pulling through all the stronger, says its editor. [ more ]

24.05.2012
Pauline van Mourik Broekman

Ten ways to survive an art crazy nation

Notes on critical publishing in a UK context

journals In order to obtain public funding, cultural organizations in the UK must comply with indicators such as impact, effectiveness and financial viability. The publisher of "Mute" magazine discusses the implications of this purely instrumental view of culture in policy making. [ more ]

26.06.2012
 

Turkish Survey

Financing cultural journals: The Turkish case

Funding and independence Inspired by the Eurozine initiative, our long-standing partner "Varlik" conducted a similar survey of Turkish journals. Like their European counterparts, Turkish journals need public support. However, they are far more wary of risking their independence by receiving government funding. [more]

 

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Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities as places of migration
The 24th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Hamburg, 14-16 September 2011

The 2012 Eurozine conference explored how European societies deal variously with the cultural legacy of the "harbour city". [ more ]

Changing media
The 23rd European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Linz, 13-16 May 2011

The 23rd Eurozine conference in Linz, Austria, brought fresh insights to debates on the future of journalism, intellectual property and free speech. [ more ]

European histories
The 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Vilnius, 8-11 May 2009

Under the heading "European Histories", the 22nd European Meeting of Cultural Journals explored the role of history and memory in forming new identities in a Europe in change. [ more ]

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21st European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Paris, 26-29 September 2008

The 21st European Meeting of Cultural Journals 2008 in Paris explored the theme of multilingualism in Europe in terms of language policies, migration, translation and the European public sphere. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]

Changing places (What's normal anyway?)
The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 October 2007

Under the heading "Changing places (What's normal anyway?)", the Eurozine network conference 2007 in Sibiu, Romania, addressed the challenges facing societies, literature, and the media as the need for change meets the urge for normality. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]

Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society
The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

Speakers at the 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals opened up the discussion on cultural diversity in two directions: first, as it is experienced in the physical urban space, and second, as it is reflected in the mirror of the media. [ more ]

Neighbourhoods
The 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Istanbul, 4-7 November 2005

Contributions on the notion of neighbourhood and the Turkey-Europe question from a range of intellectual and geographic perspectives. [ more ]

 

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Earlier civil disobedients hinted at our increasingly global condition. Snowden takes it as a given. But, writes William E. Scheuerman, in lieu of an independent global legal system in which Snowden could defend his legal claims, the Obama administration should treat him with clemency. [more]

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