Land. People. Possibilities.

THE NEW TERRITORY

Founded by a journalist in 2015, The New Territory is a quarterly print magazine. Its mission is to cultivate connections among the land, people and possibilities of the Lower Midwest.

 

We rely on funds from readers to pay writers and move our mission forward.

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES

01. THE LOWER MIDWEST IS F—ING AWESOME

Our place-based work is forward-thinking and realistically optimistic. The states of and around Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska have plenty of problems to solve, stories to tell, and possibilities for making our part of the world even better.

02. READERS COME FIRST.

We earn readers through work that honors their intelligence, curiosity and variety of interests and backgrounds. We’re mindful of readers’ desire to unplug, so we design clean pages without advertising or noisy clutter. Reading in print is an intimate experience. We’re proud to bring The New Territory to readers’ backpacks, living rooms and beyond.

03. WE ARE RADICALLY SLOW. 

Hey, we have to fit at least one Midwestern stereotype. The New Territory’s journalism prioritizes accuracy, depth, understanding and inspiration — work that takes time to develop (read more about the Slow Journalism Revolution). That’s also why we curate great regional literature and art for every issue.

04. LOCAL CONTRIBUTORS ARE OUR STRONGEST ASSET. 

Our contributors’ insight and ideas are fresh and meaningful. Because they understand their place intimately, are trusted and have access to sources that outsiders simply don’t have, their perspectives are insightful and authentic. They are also devastatingly talented. As such, they deserve to get paid respectfully.

05. BUSINESS SUPPORTS A CREATIVE ECONOMY. 

We believe good work is worth paying for, and we use our subscriber-supported business model to educate people on the value of creative work. We are proud to work with sponsors who believe in the power of journalism, literature and art to improve society.

06. “LOWER MIDWEST” IDENTITY BREEDS COMPASSION AND CONSERVATION.

Humans are wired to protect their self-interest. When we encounter narratives, our sense of “self” expands out to the environments and societies to which people are linked. Stories in The New Territory foster a culture of caring.

07. OUR MISSION NEEDS BOTH STABILITY AND CHANGE.

Part of our mission relies on consistent regional coverage, and the predictable format and frequency of a magazine fosters trust and confidence for both contributors and subscribers. But to engage with audiences outside of cities and college towns, The New Territory must invent new ways to make connections. We’ll make mistakes, but it will be in a good direction.

08. LIKE THE MIDWEST ITSELF, WE’RE A PLATFORM FOR DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES.

We feel that representing diverse points of view is simply a part of what we do and the world we live in — never just an extra sidebar or box to check. We know we will make mistakes in this or let voices fall through the cracks, and we want to get better. Always feel welcome to drop us a line for suggestions on how to represent the region more fully.

OUR TEAM

Tina Casagrand, Publisher & Editor

Katerina Hazell, Creative Director

Sara Strong, Literature Editor

Bryce McElhaney, Online Editor

Kate Strum, Newsletter Curator

Duncan Foss, Customer Service