As many of you already know, this week we announced that 7x7 is shedding its old print clothes to move with the times as an all-digital San Francisco magazine. For 13 years, we have poured heart and sweat into the pages of a regional book filled with all the cool news, stylish happenings, and brilliant people in the SF Bay Area. Our magazine has evolved and improved, and we believe that each new issue has been our best. But the challenges facing the print industry have only continued to grow, and we’ve struggled alongside the best of them trying to make it work. At long last, we’ve decided to cease swimming against the current and move with it instead.
After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week.
Douglas McGray has a voracious appetite for all things media--and the unexpected. McGray brings stories to life (on stage) as editor in chief of Pop-Up Magazine. The New America Foundation fellow also contributes to The New Yorker, This American Life, and, of course, the Twitterverse.
If there is a current topic better suited than the news biz to the hard-boiled, cinematic stylings of Film noir, then I know it not.
Like this beloved B-movie genre, so, too, is the (once-beloved) newspaper industry black-and-white ... and bruised ... all over. The majority of American newsrooms, sadly, are In a Lonely Place, indeed.