Snapchat Funding Digital Magazine About 'Living With Technology'

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The Snapchat Inc. application is seen on an on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s displayed for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Snapchat is putting its financial weight behind a new digital magazine called Real Life, which will focus on "essays, arguments, and narratives about living with technology." In a blog post, Snapchat researcher and Real Life editor-in-chief Nathan Jurgenson writes that the mag will publish one piece of writing each weekday, not one bit of it news, reviews or gossip. "It will be about how we live today and how our lives are mediated by devices," he explains.

The publication launches June 27 on a dedicated website -- not on Snapchat itself -- though Jurgenson notes that "we may eventually expand to other mediums and formats as well." The project is being supported by Snapchat, which recently raised $1.8 billion in funding, and Jurgenson acknowledges "inherent complexities attached to being funded by a company in the field of what we’re publishing about, sometimes critically."

Jurgenson writes that Snapchat’s financial support -- but not editorial influence -- means it can focus on the writing, and not page views and Facebook shares. The rest of the editorial staff includes senior editors Rob Horning, Alexandra Molotkow and Sarah Nicole Prickett, and managing editor Soraya King. A free launch event is planned on June 27 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.