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is an online political and cultural magazine founded in 1996 and currently owned by the Graham Holdings Co.

Slate was and initially owned by Microsoft — one of the first online-only publications founded as part of a major corporation or media outlet.

Much of Slate’s commentary has centered on culture and the arts, as well as political reporting and commentary. It has also produced several regular features aggregating, summarizing, and explaining other news and commentary on the web, such as its (both of which have been ) and roundups and column. Slate has also been characterized by an .

Slate has been described as a between traditional and new media as well as a to the newsweekly’s role as a political and cultural observer.

Slate  for the first time in 2003, having launched with significant investment from Microsoft but moved toward profitability through an advertising-based model. The site for the first time in late 2011.

In 2005, Slate was sold to the Washington Post Co., and in 2008, the Post formed a online subsidiary called , which includes Slate, its video and podcasting outlet , African American culture magazine and the financial site . The Slate Group remained with the Washington Post Co. after the company sold The Washington Post in 2013 and to the Graham Holdings Co.

In 2009, Slate launched a . In 2010, it , a section of the site focused on “experiments in multimedia journalism.” It began in an effort to grow traffic in 2011 and 2012, in conjunction with an .

In 2011, Slate launched a redesigned and expanded version of , a news aggregator meant to fill in the gap between breaking news and the magazine’s long-form treatment of stories.

Slate has gone deeper into web video in 2010 and 2011, launching its video Trending News Channel in 2010 and forming a Slate News Channel on YouTube in 2011. It has also been a leader in podcasting, with as of 2014.

Slate instituted a $19.95-per-year subscription fee for much of its content in 1998, then  the following year after attracting . In 2014, after going 15 years without a paid-content plan , Slate  called allowing exclusive content as well as access to Slate writers and events.

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