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With the digitization online, MODERN TIMES will therefore become more active as Online Newspaper – and at the same time switch to full tabloid quarterly magazine every quarter from the next issue. With this we will be able to publish more articles online at current events rather than waiting for the printed edition.
We will also focus on regular video or podcast features – as well as make a number of perpetual conversations available in these formats.
We thus reduce paper consumption and save trees. At the same time, the paper newspaper MODERN TIMES will still have the topicality that the tabloid newsprint provides – we will not be a glossy magazine.
We believe that our strength as a publication is the ongoing mention of international and often political Books and will now concentrate on this, where MODERN TIMES's main part almost becomes a book review – a "review" (we admire those who Times Literary Supplement og New York Review of Books). Our skilled critics use it "Essayist" book review, that is, conveying what the authors have in mind, but also putting the books in the context of reality around.
MODERN TIMES has been based on these years essay style rather than journalism – which unfortunately has largely decayed into feelings, violations, "news", sensation and cleverly wrapped insignificance. Our change from monthly to paper every quarter also means that we will print in-depth essays. We think in particular of Big Tech and reflections on where we as a society are moving in "new times".
documentary is our second strength, but in the future the film reviews will mainly be found in the appendix Modern Times Review – in English. We expect our readers to have an international one orientering and is fluent in English – similar to Danish, which is often found in the columns. Each Modern Times Review will be attached MODERN TIMES.
MODERN TIMES has, as you know, chosen to see the world through the "documentary", through books and documentary.
These writers and directors have done the "digging job" and often put in a couple of years of work to shed light on an urgent and up-to-date issue or topic. That is why we support this by commenting and disseminating – and our documentary films are usually obtained 6-12 months through our international network before Norwegian TV channels receive them.
The focus on the political and vulnerable world of reality has also been helped by documentary photography. We continue to do so in print.
New with the paper newspaper will also be an included theme in every issue for everyone. First off – when MODERN TIMES's printed summer edition comes in early June – is one Palestine- annex where, in addition to newly written articles, there will also be a current collection of the best we have printed over 20 years.
And in print, you'll always find an in-depth interview – as well as a podcast from the conversation online. First off is Sweden's very experienced former Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström.
For the paper newspaper / online newspaper, the editorial line is fixed as before. In value, we are fighting today's extreme militarization and covering conflicts as well as facing the control society that is growing through surveillance, bureaucracy and financialization. Individual freedom is highly valued with us. On the other hand, we fight for international solidarity through our ecological coverage, our cosmopolitan basic ideas and philosophical considerations. While some will call us a representative of the liberal left, others will see that we draw the best from anarchism or social liberalism.
On the road ahead we need your support.
This year, MODERN TIMES is 67 years old: From the forerunner Orienterings international journalism # (1953–75), via socialist SF og SV, within a period as a standalone weekly magazine in the 2000s, and over to large format and then tabloid, more is now focused on online newspapers and four full paper newspapers annually.
One side of this is that the economy is very tight; MODERN TIMES has long been on a low budget – for example, every newspaper has been created for a sixth of what
Morgenbladet has to deal with per issue. We therefore took a few laps before deciding the changeover and actually got an offer to sell the newspaper. But we have chosen to hold for the sake of both you readers (around 25 online and in paper), who appreciate what we do, as well as our supporters internally and the network of wise and generous writers who have carried MODERN TIMES here it is Today.
On the way forward, we need your support – including you who have received the newspaper for a period – as a paying subscriber. We are not retiring – a curious "heretic" is never known.
- The price is reduced to NOK 790 (or card payment 195 / quarter). "Newspaper Package" of over 100 pages (MODERN TIMES + voucher) will be found in loose sales for NOK 195. The year's already paid full-year subscriptions will be extended by one quarter.