Online magazine sets social trends

By JAMIE STEPHENS

Owned by The Washington Post Company, Slate.com serves as an up and coming daily online magazine on the Web. Founded in 1996, this general-interest publication offers analysis and commentary about an array of topics and interests in politics, news, business, technology and culture.

What ultimately separates Slate from competing online news sources are its “strong editorial voice and witty take on current events (Slate.com).” Recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online, this site doesn’t even cost you a cent because of its supported advertising revenues.

With catchy and convenient features like the Slatest, which presents the latest trending topics such as “Food Prices Hit Global Highs” or “Libyan Rebels Request Help from West” or even the “Bizbox,” which presents small business blogs, Slate proves to be a distinguishable online magazine.

Daily illustrations, videos and pictures add to the creativity and diversity of the site, showcasing current multimedia news content such as McDonald’s new lobster roll and Sunday’s Doonesbury cartoons. Not to mention its social media outlets including instant fan tweets from Twitter and event social updates on Barack Obama‘s Facebook feedback.

Furthermore, online partners like WashingtonPost.com, Foreign Policy, The Root and Slate V, offer users a flexibility of access to reliable sources and information. A feature of popular news blogs is also available on this site ranging from Brow Beat to the Trending News Channel.

All in all, holding succeeding offices in Washington, D.C., and New York, Slate represents an innovative magazine site that can hold its own ground in the world of electronic journalism.

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