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The founders of LILAC magazine on launching their publication

James Schanck and Leah Stacy on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on April 4, 2022
Megan Mack
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WXXI News
James Schanck and Leah Stacy on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on April 4, 2022
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Print magazines are in trouble -- so why is an experienced local writer and journalist choosing 2022 to launch a new magazine out of Rochester?

Leah Stacy is ignoring the warnings that come from magazines going online only -- Glamour, Teen Vogue, Self, Seventeen -- or from magazines that have recently seen its leaders jump ship -- Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Elle. Sales of physical print magazines are far from their 1990s peak. So why now?

Stacy's publication is a literary magazine that will seek to create a more egalitarian pay model for contributors. We discuss the challenge ahead. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.