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'The Intentional' Gives Writers A New Print Outlet

With more publications turning to the web, many have suggested that print is dying. But don't tell that to Kate Jenkins, the founder and editor-in-chief of a new D.C.-based literary magazine called The Intentional that addresses issues of identity and community. Jenkins says she started the magazine about a year-and-a-half ago when she was going through a "quarter-life crisis."

"There were all these articles coming out that were sort of mudslinging people my age and my generation, saying that we were lazy and entitled... and I just was so upset by all of it that I wanted to find a way to formalize the conversation," says Jenkins.

She says a lot of the content relates to the experience of being young in modern times. From essays about watching all of your friends get married to a recent piece by Emily Crockett that discusses "crowd capitalism" and the "gig economy."

"A lot of us are working gigs, and sometimes you might be taking as much time to find work as to do it," she says.

Jenkins says one of the magazine's goals is to support writers, artists and freelancers who are trying to make a living doing what they love.

"Our generation is going through this change where the 9 to 5 for a lot of people just isn't possible, or it's not the best option for them," she says.

Thanks to a growing number of subscribers, Jenkins says The Intentional will soon be able to compensate its contributors.


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