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2 March 2018updated 09 Jun 2021 9:55am

A letter from the editor on the future of the New Statesman

We’re asking those who get the most out of the New Statesman online to support our journalism.

By Jason Cowley

There’s no denying that we are living through an era of extraordinary politics, and the world is changing fast.

Between fake news and Twitter bots, it’s hard to know who or what can be trusted.

For more than a century, the New Statesman has been Britain’s leading weekly political and cultural magazine – offering everything from progressive ideas, to book reviews, essays and long reads, and insightful interviews. Led by our firm commitments to truth-telling and quality, we publish world-class journalism on the issues that matter most.

Recent years have seen our print magazine revitalised, while our website has continued to introduce millions of readers to our celebrated journalism.

But great writing isn’t cheap, and we don’t want to rely on advertisers alone. While we’re happy for you to continue to read some of our content for free, we’re asking those who get the most out of the New Statesman online to contribute to our journalism.

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Digital subscribers will not only receive the latest issue of the magazine online before it hits the newsstands, but will also have unlimited access to all our blogs, online pieces and in-depth journalism.

As a further thank you for subscribing, we’ll also be providing exclusive content, early access to podcasts, early bird and discounted events tickets and a wide range of other benefits.

But just as importantly, you’ll be supporting authoritative, elegantly written, and independent journalism at a time when it has never been more needed.

What will change?

Starting later this month, the New Statesman will be introducing a metered paywall. Readers will still be able to view a limited number of articles for free each month. However, our more avid readers will be asked to create a free account to continue reading more than a few pieces per month; or sign up for a digital, or combined print and digital, subscription for full, unlimited access and exclusive content.

Digital subscribers will receive:

  • Immediate access to New Statesman magazine articles before the print edition hits the newsstand with NS INSTANT.
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