We started this magazine because we wanted to play around with long form, literary journalism. But if you’ve read most of our stories, you might have noticed that the ‘journalism’ aspect is quite understated. That’s because great journalism is expensive. Super-expensive.
So how do we fund this sort of journalism? Twenty years ago, the answer would have been obvious: advertising. But, now, we live in a different world, where platforms, not publishers, are the biggest beneficiaries of advertising revenues.
The obvious solution is to turn to readers, to fund the journalism they deserve. From the New York Times to The Economist, to Long Reads to the Guardian UK, this has been the preferred option, with slight variations in implementation.
The Question Marker, too, will choose this route. To pledge a subscription fee to the magazine, you can go here. Our plan is to collect pledges worth a hundred million naira by July 2019. We have no doubt that the future of journalism is in the hands of readers.
Meanwhile, this month, we bring you a mix of six stories, with topics ranging from women power to the power of photographs.
You’ll find the short list below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comment boxes.