A decade ago, the first issue of Durham Magazine rolled off the presses with a promise on this same page, and with a distinctly younger picture of me:
“We are committed to making a positive contribution to our city,
we will honestly tell the stories and concerns of our neighbors, we will become an integral, organic part of our diverse community. Further, we will stand with our community; our local writers, readers and artists will talk to one another, neighbor-to-neighbor, friend-to-friend.”
The headline to the first editorial was, without irony, “An Unfinished Magazine.”
Durham Magazine is still an evolving work in progress, but our promise? I wouldn’t change a word.
After more than 80 issues created by three outstanding editors over 10 years – and who knows how many stories and photographs? – each month our team goes out, discovers compelling local stories and tells them well. Our readers have been generous with both their favorable and critical comments, and we take them to heart. Our advertisers, too, have walked with us through a recession, a growing economy and everything in between. (See some of the businesses that were here when we started on page 64.)
It’s fun to take a moment and savor our magazine’s successes – and longevity in publishing is no small accomplishment – but great editors look ahead, trying to imagine what’s around the next corner, over the next hill, and that’s what we are doing. We’re a lot more excited about the next 80 issues than the last.
But we are grateful, and humbled, to still be a part of the greatest city in North Carolina.
I’ll end this essay the way I ended the one I wrote a long time ago: “Our fate is twined with our unfinished city’s future [but] enough from me: It’s time for Durham Magazine to speak for itself.” – Dan Shannon, president and CEO
Click below to flip through our February/March 2018 issue and let us know what you think by dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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38 COVER WORTHY
All 74 of our covers
42 WE BUILT THIS CITY
The people and places that laid the foundation for the city we know and love