I.F. Stone's Weekly Was a Journalistic Triumph of the 20th Century - realneo coop is the i.f.stone daily of today - we miss izzy

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Photo and illustration of I.F. StoneIn a journalistic poll to determine the “Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century.” I.F. Stone's Weekly was rated 16th. And this was the second highest rating accorded any sustained print journalism in the entire century (i.e., fourteen of the fifteen higher-ranked works of journalism were books or related to radio or TV journalism). By contrast, Murray Kempton’s columns were ranked 49th and Walter Lippmann was ranked 64th for “Early essays for the New Republic. 1914.” See this link.

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I.F. Stone's WeeklyI. F. Stone's Weekly

When PM, The Star and the Daily Compass had closed in the winter of 1952, I.F. Stone decided to start “I.F. Stone’s Weekly” by soliciting the mailing list of The Daily Compass using direct mail. This was not as simple as it sounds today. Letters had to be stuffed by hand and sorted; after some had been mailed, it turned out that the printed material had omitted the subscription price ($5.00) although $10.00 had been correctly mentioned for air mail. Somehow, by mailing 30,000 readers and running some ads, 5,200 charter subscribers were secured. This list grew to 20,000 by 1963 and 70,000 in its final year, 1971.

Postage costs were extremely low because the Weekly went out second class for 1/8 of a cent per copy or about 6 cents per year per reader. This Government postal subsidy made it possible for the Weekly to be published and distributed for a $5 subscription price that never changed. But because I.F. Stone and Esther Stone ran the Weekly together as an economical “mom and pop” operation, it was in the black from the beginning.

By the time it closed, with 70,000 readers, it was grossing $350,000 per year or, in year 2007 dollars, perhaps over $2,000,000 per year.

 

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