Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Thank You to Our Readers

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Thank You to Our Readers

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A couple of years ago, when I became editor of the Hastings Center Report, I wrote in this space that, given the reputation of the publication I was taking over, only a fool would try to make any big changes to it. My chief goal, I elaborated, was to "uphold the Report's complicated tradition" of publishing top-drawer scholarly work that nonetheless strives for an engaging and accessible style and is accompanied by an assortment of short and highly accessible essays and commentary.

The Hastings Center has now completed a comprehensive survey of the Report's readers--the first that has ever been conducted by an outside survey firm--and nothing we have learned would encourage us to abandon any strand of the Report's tradition. Readers cherish the scholarly content, but they also say they like the "readability" and "understandability." They value the in-depth treatment; they also appreciate the fact that it "covers all viewpoints." They spend most of their time on the feature articles; they are also drawn to the columns and departments (especially to Case Study, At Law, and In Brief).

Nonetheless, there are one or two rather small changes that the data suggest. …

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