A message to our readers and supporters.
Myanmar’s leading independent English publication, Frontier Myanmar, will relaunch in March as a fortnightly magazine.
Publisher and chief executive officer U Sonny Swe said the shift would enable Frontier to continue to invest in its award-winning journalism and deliver a more attractive and compelling product for both readers and advertisers.
“We are committed to seeing Frontier thrive over the long term and believe that fortnightly publication better reflects the size of the market for a high-quality, English publication like Frontier, as well as the shift in the way readers consume content,” he said.
The relaunch will enable Frontier to create more digital-only content and support its web and social media platforms, which have experienced strong readership growth over the past 18 months. The print edition will have more pages with an improved presentation and better story mix.
Editor-in-Chief Mr Thomas Kean said: “The Frontier team is committed to quality journalism and being a voice for positive change and a better future for Myanmar. We will focus on stories that are relevant to readers and to the progress of this country, and we will continue to raise the bar for editorial standards and integrity.”
Frontier Myanmar, a product of Black Knight Media Group, was first printed in July 2015 as a weekly English magazine with news, features and analysis on events in Myanmar and the region. Frontier also has a rapidly growing web and social media presence in both English and Myanmar, and publishes a digital edition of the magazine with premium content for subscribers.
In June 2017, Frontier received an honourable mention from the Society of Publishers in Asia for photography and was also shortlisted for its reporting on Rakhine State. In December, senior journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu won the AFP Kate Webb Prize for his fearless reporting on conflict in Myanmar.
The magazine’s readership has grown steadily and it now averages 250,000 readers a month across its print and digital editions. International brands such as Samsung, Huawei, Ford and Visa have advertised in the publication, as have local Myanmar brands in the aviation, real estate, technology, hospitality and banking sectors.