We discuss beautiful magazines with Steven Watson

Why AI is no threat to indie publications


MediaCat Magazine Podcast
MediaCat Magazine Podcast
We discuss beautiful magazines with Steven Watson

For this podcast our Editor Mike Piggott spoke to Steven Watson, Director at Stack Magazines. We start this pod in a slightly unusual fashion, with Mike and Steven immediately talking about moustaches, naked men and subverting the male gaze. They eventually get around to discussing magazines.

They begin with why Steven started the business in 2008, how the industry and the desire for print has changed over the years, how Steven picks titles for subscribers, who the subscribers are, why AI is no threat to indie publications, and finally, they talk about some of Steven’s favourite titles (see the list below).

Useful links

10 of the best independent magazines right now

Indiecon Festival 2023, in Hamburg (Steven is speaking)

Stack’s Discord

Russia-Ukraine war: indie magazines against hopelessness

Steven Watson, Director at Stack Magazines

Steven Watson is the founder of Stack, the subscription service that delivers a different independent magazine every month to thousands of readers around the world. Before starting Stack, he was an editor working with organisations like Google, PlayStation and The World Economic Forum

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Mike Piggott, Executive Editor at MediaCat Magazine

Mike is Exec. Editor at MediaCat Magazine. He joined in 2021, launched a podcast and began creating interesting marketing industry related content, with monthly themes such as 'Utopias and Dystopias', 'Hope and Kindness' and 'Side Quests'. Before that he was Editor at The Marketing Society (2013-2021), where he created and launched a bi-monthly publication and a podcast. He is also a street photographer, screenwriter, and film and TV blogger. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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