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Introducing ProPublica: The Magazine

Update (7/8): ProPublica: The Magazine is now available to download.

For readers with iPads and iPhones, there’s a new way to check out ProPublica. We’re launching ProPublica: The Magazine, a monthly digital publication delivered right to your iPad or iPhone. Each month we’ll curate a selection of our best stories – from short reads to deep-dive investigations to data-driven interactives – selected around a theme.

You can download the app as soon as Apple approves it – and subscriptions are free.

We think you’ll find our themes surprising and thought-provoking every month. Our first issue, “In the Cross Hairs,” includes stories that look at issues from gun rights to the drone war, and features an incredible long-form story rooted in a horrific massacre that took place during Guatemala’s civil war. It follows Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda, who discovers his adoptive father is really the Guatemalan general who killed his family. Our second issue, “Living Apart,” collects stories about the role race plays in housing and criminal justice.

The Magazine provides a simple, quiet reading experience – none of the distractions that divert your attention on the web are here. Whether you’re commuting or sitting in a comfortable chair, The Magazine is designed for stories to be read deeply. And because we collect many stories from long-term investigations into one place, you’ll be able to to see much more of the long arc of a story. We hope we’ve made it an ideal way to read ProPublica’s journalism.

If you like the sample issue, we hope you’ll opt for a free annual subscription. Subscribers will get a notification on their iPad or iPhone every month when the new issue is ready to download.

ProPublica is journalism that takes the time to cover complex issues in depth, and that takes readers’ attention seriously. We hope you’ll download, subscribe and then let us know what you think.

To create The Magazine, ProPublica worked with the talented team at 29th Street Publishing. It is as new for us as it is for you, and we’ll be spending the months ahead building ProPublica: The Magazine into a monthly must-read.

Would it be possible to join a sign-up list for when the app is available?

Do you plan on releasing an android app?

Fabulous. I cannot wait for the first issue.

Tom Blinkhorn
Hanover, NH

You should charge for subscriptions.  I pay for my iPad versions of the New York Times, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.  Why wouldn’t I pay for a ProPublica magazine for iPad?

Stephanie Abrams

June 28, 2013, 1:14 p.m.

Not going to comment on your business decision, which I am sure was well thought out.  But if you have a suggested donation for those of us who believe in paying for high quality content, preferably via a link in the app, I will make it.

Please consider making the magazine available for other devices like Kindle, windows phone, etc. A PDF file would work for me.

Surely this won’t be available only to Apple products.  I have an android phone & tablet, and hope this will work with them.

I echo the commenters who voice your fans’ willingness to pay or donate…you (and Matt Taibbi!) are doing the best journalism today.

James Cameron

June 28, 2013, 2:42 p.m.

> For readers with iPads and iPhones, there’s a new way to check out ProPublica. We’re launching ProPublica: The Magazine

Are we to believe that the only readers of proPublica are Apple users . . . come on, proPublica . . . .

Considering that most of the content is already licensed under Creative Commons, can I recommend a PDF along with others, at least for us app-less souls?  (Or paper.  I’d pay a fair amount for paper, as insane as that might sound, these days.)

But guys, give them a break.  They have to focus attention somewhere Apps don’t just spontaneously appear, they need to be written and tested.  I’d guess that they checked their server logs before choosing Apple first.

Tradition is that you serve the largest subset of the community first, and expand if the take-up from the large community is successful.  If you want to release everything at once, that costs a lot more money and usually takes an extra month or two to keep everything even.

(Of course, they also have a nice website that works at multiple sizes.  Don’t know what an app would be for, given that everybody has a browser.  But I ask that a lot, these days.)

It looks like your link to the magazine (propublica.org/magazine) doesn’t work if you access it through HTTPS—it just gives a 404. Access it through HTTP and you get redirected to the App Store.

I use HTTPS Everywhere (which ProPublica has even recommended in articles about the NSA), so I can only see the magazine if I turn it off. That’s unfortunate.

Love your reporting. You guys should make one for Android =)

Let me join the chorus asking for an Android app. I love Propublica, but not enough to buy an iPhone!

Congratulations on the magazine format. Will you make this available for we Android users, or better still, in epub or PDF format for as many readers as possible?

And here is another person requesting you make this app available on Android.  There are a lot of us out here, and we love ProPublica too.

Will the magazine be available in the Canadian app store?

Another vote for Kindle app

Please make an Android app & something that let’s app-less people read the magazine.

What about making the Magazine available on the web site for those who do their reading on a laptop/desktop and not on any “device”?

S A Freeman-Dobson

July 2, 2013, 12:27 a.m.

A Kindle app would be great.

Renee Marie Jones

July 5, 2013, 12:59 p.m.

Why do you lock it into an “app?”  There is no reason to use an “app” for a magazine, except maybe to support draconian DRM or track users.  Deliver it by download in a non-DRM document (pdf or postscript would be perfect) format and I will pay money for it.

ProPublica.  Please please please do not start acting like a greed-infused, advertising-driven corporate “news” organization.

Delibert Leomitted

July 6, 2013, 2:03 p.m.

It is easy to upload onto bittorrents,  anyone is able to “subscribe to the feed”, and when new editions become available everyone receives automated feed update.

It can be made available in multiple formats, to many this would be a no-brainer to put to work functionally in almost no time - it should not take a special staff to implement and manage.

This is not a new idea, many are already doing this.

Micheal Brothers

July 8, 2013, 4:03 p.m.

A PDF would be great mmkay? But seriously agree you don’t need an app to have a publication. And if you choose to keep the app model. . Where is the android?  I’d think a forward thinking bunch such as yourselves wouldn’t cater to only the closed source profit model.

Dean Boulding

July 10, 2013, 3:22 a.m.

I add my voice to those hoping for an Android version.

Andriod app coming soon I hope???

Droid app? Please?

I wish it were available in epub or even PDF so I could read it on my e reader.  I have the i Phone version but it is so small and hard to read.

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