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From the editor

As a journalist, you always know when you’re on to something really powerful. Sometimes it’s a true scoop—a piece of breaking news that’s going to change the conversation. Usually, though, it’s something much smaller: a well-placed quote, a good rapport with a source, the perfect anecdote. Whenever you have that, it’s exciting. It’s meaningful. It’s why journalists keep digging—and digging in against headwinds. Editing Latterly gave me that excited feeling constantly. And that’s entirely due to the talented writers and photojournalists who filled these pages.

Taken together, Latterly stories are a tapestry of human achievement and failure over the last three tumultuous years on earth. We went to the most obscure corners of the globe and shined a light. Refugee camps, mountain villages, war zones, deserts, living rooms, slums. There are datelines from 43 countries, including places that never make the news: Western Sahara, Moldova, Laos, Belarus, Mali, Bolivia. We published these stories when other publications would not. Latterly is in the Library of Congress because it represents a unique contribution to culture and the historical record. In 150 years, a historian may glance through Latterly and learn vivid details of poverty in Manila or jazz in Bamako or racism in America.

This is the last issue of Latterly. There’s no single reason we’re calling it quits. The magazine never brought in enough money to let us work on it full time, and we’re ready to move on to other things. Considering I never expected Latterly to survive more than a few months, I see the project as a huge success.

We’ll continue hosting the website indefinitely, and we’ve already taken down the paywall. The stories here are free for everyone to read forever. We’re also discounting back issues of the magazine. Once we sell out our stock, though, that’s it. So you should order now if you want a copy.

Thank you to everyone who supported Latterly over the years, including our donors, subscribers, contributors and well-wishers. Latterly will always be your accomplishment.

Ben Wolford
Founder and editor

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Since its founding in 2014, Latterly has reported on social justice issues from more than three dozen countries with human-interest stories, news analysis and photography. The magazine and website are ad-free and reader-focused, and we’ve built a community around editorial transparency and a common interest in making the world a more equitable place. In return, Latterly readers make all the journalism possible through memberships and sales. Thank you for your support.