Mod Mag 2017

Mod Mag 2017

by magCulture

As the 5th Modern Magazine conference approaches and on the day the final speaker line up was revealed, we spoke to event producer Stephanie Hartman to find out a bit more about this years event…

Happy 5th Birthday! 🙂 The time has flown by, and the conference has really established itself now – does it get any easier? Do you feel any pressure to innovate/evolve to keep people coming back?

Yes it has totally flown! In some ways it gets easier as you learn what works and what doesn’t, but you also want to improve on previous years so you set your goals higher.

We have a very loyal following, but it’s important to keep things fresh otherwise our audience would get bored and so would we. Luckily the industry keeps offering up great titles for us to champion.


This year feels like a bit of a re-set with the venue change to Conway Hall – what’s up with that? Anything else new you can tell us about? Will there still be a strong student presence helping?

The move to Conway Hall comes from last year’s demand for tickets. We had a long wait list but couldn’t physically fit more people into the venue! Instead of having mag-lovers miss out, we opted to move sites. It feels like a good way to mark our fifth edition and open up the dialogue around editorial design to a bigger audience.

There will definitely still be an evident student presence helping on the day, and as ever our audience will be made up of students and professionals alike. We still have strong links with Central Saint Martins and are planning a very exciting event with them this autumn. Look out for an announcement on the magCulture site soon!


What can you tell us about your speaker lineup this year?

We’re always keen to present a lineup comprising both big titles and independent, emerging magazines for a broad look at industry. Our fantastic compere Liv Siddall will be delivering a talk about making Rough Trade magazine for the last two years, and founder and editor of Vestoj, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg who published that incredible interview with Lucinda Chambers earlier in the year will be speaking on how print magazines are adapting in the age of social media.

Earlier today we announced that Nicholas Blechman, creative director of the New Yorker will be joining us which we’re delighted about! Takahiro Kinoshita, editor-in chief of Popeye will be flying in for a rare public presentation (with live translation on stage), and Francesco Franchi will be joining us from Italy to share what he’s been doing with la Repubblica.

This year we’re also inviting back some of our favourite speakers from previous years to hear how things have changed for them and what their predictions are for the future. The stage will be shared by Danielle Pender (Riposte), Bertie Brandes and Charlotte Roberts (Mushpit), Matt Phare (Shortlist Media) Richard Turley (ex Bloomberg Business Week) and John L Walters (Eye) so you can expect some lively debate!

Anja Aronowsky Cronberg — Editor-in-chief/founder, Vestoj (France)
Nicholas Blechman — Creative director, The New Yorker (US)
Mirko Borsche — Bureau Mirko Borsche (Germany)
Tony Brook — Co-founder, Unit Editions (UK)
Francesco Franchi — Managing Editor, la Repubblica (Italy)
Lydia Garnett — Co-editor-in-chief, Accent (UK)
James Hyman — The Hyman Archive (UK)
Takahiro Kinoshita — Editor-in-chief, Popeye (Japan)
Owen Pritchard — Editor, It’s Nice That (UK)
Justin Tribillon & Isabel Seiffert — Migrant Journal (France, Switzerland)
Liv Siddall — Editor, Rough Trade Magazine (UK)

The Modern Magazine 2017
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Thursday 2 November
9am to 5.30pm

Book your tickets now
+ we’ll see you there!

Luke Tonge