- Reason (magazine)
title = Reason
image_size = 175x229px
image_caption = August/September 2008 issue of "Reason"
editor_title = Editor-in-Chief
frequency = 11 issues annually
circulation = 60,000
category = general interest, public policy
firstdate = 1968
language = English
website = [http://www.reason.com www.reason.com]
issn = 0048-6906
"Reason" is a libertarian monthly magazine from the
"Reason" was founded in 1968 by
Lanny Friedlanderas a more-or-less monthly mimeographed publication. In 1970 it was purchased by Robert W. Poole, Manuel S. Klausner, and Tibor R. Machan, who set it on a more regular publishing schedule. As the monthly print magazine of "free minds and free markets", it covers politics, culture, and ideas with a mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Matt Welchhas been the magazine's editor-in-chief since 2008. Other "Reason" writers include Jacob Sullum, Jesse Walker, Brian Doherty, Ronald Bailey, Radley Balko, Tim Cavanaugh, Kerry Howley, David Weigel, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Michael C. Moynihan, Damon Root, Greg Beato, Cathy Young, Jonathan Rauch, and cartoonist Peter Bagge. Former editors include Nick Gillespie, Marty Zupan, and Virginia Postrel. Erik Spiekermann, the inventor of the typeface Meta, headed a redesign of "Reason" in 2001, aiming for a look that is "cleaner, more modern, making use of the Meta typeface throughout".
In June 2004, subscribers to "Reason" magazine received a personalized issue that had their name, and a
satellitephoto of their home or workplace on the cover.
The magazine has a circulation of around 60,000 and has twice been named one of the "50 best magazines" by the "
Chicago Tribune". [cite news |title= 50 best magazines |url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-040615mags,1,1202754.story?coll=chi-homepagenews-utl |work=Chicago Tribune |date= June 17, 2004]
In 2008, Reason's web site, [http://www.reason.com/ reason.com] , was named a Webby Award Honoree in the magazine category. [http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current_honorees.php?media_id=96&category_id=41&season=12]
Hit and Run
Hit & Run is "Reason"'s group
blog. It is maintained and written by the staff of the magazine. It was started in 2002. Former "Reason" Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespieand "Reason" Web Editor Tim Cavanaugh, both veterans of Suck.com, modeled the blog in some ways after that website: they brought along several other Suck.com writers to contribute, fostered a style in the blog matching that former website's sarcastic attitude, and even the name "Hit & Run" was taken from what had been a weekly news roundup column on Suck.com. The Reason editors referred to this co-opting of the former website as the "Suck"-ification of "Reason"." [cite news |first=Cynthia |last=Cotts |title= A Marriage Made Online: How 'Reason' Came to 'Suck' |url=http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0304,cotts,41332,6.html |work=The Village Voice |date= January 21, 2003]
In 2005, Hit & Run was named as one of the best political blogs by "
Playboy". [cite journal | title=Top 10 Political Blogs |journal=Playboy |month=November |year=2006]
* [http://www.reason.com/ "Reason Magazine site"]
* [http://www.reason.com/blog/ Hit and Run]
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/11/14/BU235867.DTL "Wired" founder helps "Reason"]
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