The Skinny's print edition is going on hiatus

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the April issue of our print magazine will be the last for the time being

Article by The Skinny | 27 Mar 2020
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As a magazine which mainly covers events, is primarily distributed in social and cultural venues, and relies entirely on advertising revenue to sustain itself, it may not come as a shock to learn that The Skinny has been profoundly affected by the current lockdown. But while things may be tough, The Skinny, as a champion of creativity across Scotland and beyond, isn't going anywhere. Here's a statement from our editor-in-chief on our plans for the coming months...

It’s with heavy hearts we have been forced to press pause on the print edition of The Skinny after 175 issues and 15 years of uninterrupted monthly publication.

As an arts publication which is entirely reliant on cultural sector advertising revenue to sustain itself, the events of the past few weeks have left us suddenly finding ourselves unable to cover our core costs. We’ve reached out to funders and governmental bodies for assistance, but have received no response.

Therefore, the only course of action open to us is to temporarily cease print, furlough the majority of our staff and maintain a pared-down digital presence for the coming months.

Our key priorities are supporting our team and coming out the other side ready to resume publication so we can continue serving the Scottish cultural community that is at the heart of everything we do.

In the meantime, we’ll be working hard to maintain essential coverage online at and across our various social platforms.

- Rosamund West, editor-in-chief

Issue 175 of The Skinny is out next week, and will be available at selected supermarkets across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, full details of which will be announced next week. It is – as always – completely free.

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