Making sense of coronavirus

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by Steve Watson in September 2020
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Rob Orchard is one of the editors behind Delayed Gratification, the quarterly news magazine that looks back at events once the dust has settled and takes a slow, considered approach to retelling stories with the benefit of hindsight. Their current issue covers the period from January to March this year, which of course was when coronavirus first emerged from Wuhan and started spreading around the world, and it’s a brilliant example of what Rob and the team do so well, bringing a clear and fresh perspective to a story you might think you already know.

Our podcast took a few weeks off for the summer but I’m very pleased to be back at my desk now, and Rob is the ideal first interviewee to get things going again. We sent this issue of Delayed Gratification to our subscribers as their July delivery, so if you’re in our independent magazine club I hope you’ve already had chance to enjoy this one, and with a bit of luck our conversation will help give a bit of insight into the stories that made it onto the page.

The Indiecon independent magazine festival is taking place in Hamburg this weekend, and I’m hoping that next week’s episode of the podcast will feature conversations with some of the publishers who are defying the COVID odds and coming together to show their (socially distanced) love for magazines. Watch out for that one popping up on the blog next week, and of course if you follow us on Soundcloud or iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts we’ll be able to deliver that and all our future episodes to you as soon as they’re ready.

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