January 1978
Columbia Journalism Review;Jan/Feb1978, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p4
This article reports on the launching of the New York political biweekly Politicks as of January 1978. there is an old-fashioned directness in the format of this new biweekly. It offers earnestness with just enough satirical touches to keep the reader moving along. The magazine had been in preparation almost from the time its chief founder and editor-in-chief, Thomas B. Morgan, was unable to complete a deal to purchase The Nation. But the first issue made it clear that Politicks would not be an imitation Nation, but something considerably more ambitious than the former. The name Politicks is said to derive from a verb meaning to engage in or discuss politics; it reflects the magazine's primary subject: citizen participation in the making of public policy. This objective is reflected in a section called The Citizen's companion, which announces causist meetings, campaigns, organizations, and publications. In the opening editor's note, Politicks did not place itself definitively on the political spectrum but enunciated what sounded a little like a turn-of-the-century progressive position. Material in early issues included rather meandering interviews with George Ball, Vernon Jordan, and leaders in women's rights.


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