Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

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Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years
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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara-based magazine, Pacific Standard, plans to shut down on Friday after 10 years of publication. 

The national magazine, which focused on social and environmental justice issues using narrative journalism with peer-reviewed research, was founded in 2008 by SAGE Publications that's owned by local philanthropist Sara Miller McCune.

Editor in Chief, Nick Jackson, announced the decision on August 7 via Twitter stating, "Today is an extremely difficult day, the worst day—and I’m heart-broken and devastated. We learned this morning, without any warning, that our primary funder is cutting off all charitable giving and that our board is shutting down [Pacific Standard], effective next Friday."

The magazine's primary funder is local nonprofit the Social Justice Foundation, formerly The Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy.

"I’m feeling all of the emotions about this terrible news. Anger and frustration, certainly—we were repeatedly and enthusiastically told we were over-performing and -delivering up until the very end, and that we had a long-term commitment—shock, sadness and disappointment," Jackson continued.

The four-member board of directors announced their decision to close the publication last week at their Santa Barbara headquarters stating it stemmed from SAGE Publication's decision to curb its charitable giving. Pacific Standard has 20 full-time employees, 25 writers on contract, and dozens of freelance contributors. Employees were offered severance packages, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I’m scared, about my future and this industry, and upset that I won’t get to keep working with the 20-plus extremely talented journalists I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to hire and coach and mentor and learn from since I took on the [Editor-in-Chief] role four years ago. Hire them!" wrote Jackson on Twitter.

In a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, McCune stated she was committing approximately $2.2 million a year for five years to run Pacific Standard. The Social Justice Foundation's recent tax filings showed the magazine's operating costs were more than $3 million per year and brought in less than $200,000 on its own, reports the Los Angeles Times.

SAGE Publishing as a whole had revenues in the "$300m - $400m range" according to a 2014 report by The Bookseller.

"I’ve been here nearly 6 1/2 years now. In that time, this team has changed policy and changed minds, influenced educators and saved lives—literally. That’s not an overstatement or bloated mission speak; it’s the power of storytelling and reporting done in the public interest," Jackson wrote. "To everyone who has read or subscribed or shared, to everyone who has supported us along the way, thank you—really, genuinely, truly. Thank you. It has meant the world to us, and encouraged us to keep going when times were tough. We’ll need you again wherever we all end up."

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a-1582142923 Aug 15, 2019 11:35 AM
Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

This magazine must have been floating in the Pacific. Never heard of it. What's that? You have? You feel you're special because you were tuned into academia? No matter. You were reading an irrelevant rag that spent zero time wanting or attempting to promote to a larger audience. Failure, in this case, is called capitalism.

a-1582142923 Aug 15, 2019 08:17 AM
Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

This is really big news! Within Sarah McCune’s control, will more publications cease to be funded? McCune-Miller has controlled America academia for at least 50 years thru SAGE Publishing that decides, controls, what gets published in professional academic journals. Left slants prioritized which changed faculty hiring to liberals on many campus where publication of ‘research’ - however worthless - is valued over teaching students. The more published the greater of tax-paid grants awarded to colleges and universities.

PitMix Aug 15, 2019 08:57 AM
Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

Yes, the liberals control the media and the universities, which is why the biggest TV networks are owned by large corporations. The GOP Sinclair Media Group controls hundreds of TV stations. GOP Gannett controls more than 100 daily papers and hundreds of weekly papers. All of these corporations clearly push their communist agenda on a daily basis. Is it any wonder why we have universal health care, universal gun control, free college educations, and no homelessness? Sarcasm intended.

a-1582142923 Aug 15, 2019 08:02 AM
Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

Let’s hope major politico Sarah McCune of Eucalyptus Hills chooses to stop funding all of her many so called Social Justice causes, data mining, and UCSB Mind Research through her Social Justice Foundation. She funds liberal to radical programs that work to structurally transform America through identity divisiveness. With advancing age, McCune might be thinking of her negative life legacy.

PitMix Aug 14, 2019 09:53 AM
Pacific Standard Magazine Shuts Down After 10 Years

Now that advertising revenue is gone, we need a new business model to fund critical functions like newspapers and magazines doing investigative reporting. I subscribe to the LA Times to reward them for the good work that they do for us. Think of all of the scandals they have uncovered in LA over the last few years. Think of the lack of info on our local government now that the News Press doesn't do that work anymore. Remember, sunshine is the best disinfectant.

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