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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is an American magazine that features political and cultural commentary. It is published 10 times a year.

The magazine was by a group of prominent writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was based in Boston until in 2005. It was among the nation’s for more than a century and has for its sophistication and literary quality, though it has rarely made money.

The magazine was owned by real estate mogul from 1980 until 1999, when it was by its current owner, .

The Atlantic in 2007, placing a new emphasis on its digital operations and from its name. It hired a group of prominent bloggers, including (who in April 2011) and , to all visitors, and opened its archives. In 2009, it called , which it relaunched as The Wire in 2013. The Wire had a staff of in 2014. It also , rather than on simply policy and politics. (That change when, for example, for a story about paparazzi in 2008.) The Atlantic also in 2011.

The Atlantic that it would experiment with online paid-content models in 2013.

The Atlantic launched a , , in September 2012 with a . The site, which has a  but , was free at startup, with four initial sponsors. (It within eight months.) It offers advertiser-created content through the Quartz Bulletin. The site’s journalists are rather than traditional beats. By July 2013, it had reached . As of mid-2013, about came from mobile.

It a defense-oriented news site, Defense One, in July 2013 with a full-time staff of three, with plans to steadily expand.

The Atlantic’s after the changes and by May 2011, the following year and reaching in March 2014. By 2010, the magazine overall , and in 2011, came from digital media — up from 9 percent in 2008. In 2012, came from digital, and in 2013, it .

The Atlantic’s website features content from the longform journalism website Longreads through a .

In September 2010, the site its , whose content generally adopts a cultural and historical view of technology. The vertical is overseen by author and former Wired reporter .

In 2014, The Atlantic launched a social network called This, which allows users to share one link per day.

The Atlantic launched an iPad app in 2011 and in 2013. It for $2.99 a month in 2013.

In May 2011, The Atlantic’s website with opening its pitching and editing process to the public, allowing readers to pitch stories and give editing feedback.

In 2009, The Atlantic began on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

Sponsored content made to resemble Atlantic articles has been a . In 2013, it a sponsored article by the Church of Scientology, then for it.

The Atlantic also called Atlantic Live that holds dozens of events each year, including with journalists and public officials.

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