OVER ITS 32-YEAR HISTORY, FOCUS has brought readers quality, independent journalism focused on the Victoria area. It is our mission, our raison d’etre.
Back in 1988, though, FOCUS was born as Focus on Women, a monthly print magazine aimed at empowering women through telling the stories of Victoria-area women, along with solid writing on women’s issues. Founded by Leslie Campbell, it ran until 2004, when it became the gender-fluid FOCUS: Victoria's Magazine of People, Ideas and Culture.
Publisher David Broadland and editor Leslie Campbell re-focused FOCUS towards enhancing dialogue on important local social, political, environmental and health-related issues, as well as covering Victoria’s lively arts scene. The magazine gained a loyal following of curious, intelligent, influential people in the Greater Victoria area and Vancouver Island.
Victoria is an unusually well-educated and aware community and FOCUS has always reflected its readers’ concerns and interests with intelligent writing by Victoria’s most accomplished writers. FOCUS has won recognition for its journalism, including awards from the Western Canada Magazine Association and the Jack Webster Awards.
With a strong emphasis on the arts, civic design, political and environmental issues, and interviews with the people who move and shake the city and region, the print magazine was supported by subscribers and local advertisers.
For 32 years we have printed on paper—a.k.a. trees, one of the planet's best carbon storers. When we moved from a monthly to bi-monthly schedule in 2016, it was driven largely by the desire to decarbonize. And now, in 2020, aided by a severe drop in advertising revenues due to the pandemic, we have moved our entire publishing online, saving trees, the emissions they store plus the additional emissions caused by shipping truckloads of FOCUS from Vancouver and through the mail system. The move allows us to publish more stories per month at far less cost to the environment.
FOCUS has always had to operate efficiently in order to survive. Over our 32-years, we’ve also had to shift gears and directions from time to time—and this is certainly one of those times. But we have every intention of continuing with our core commitment to provide Victoria citizens with quality journalism about their city, the Capital region and the province. Our redesigned digital magazine aims at being a valued community hub—still dedicated to the type of place-based investigative reporting, news analysis, commentary, and arts coverage FOCUS has become known for, but with additions like our FOCUS forums which allow more reader-involvement.
Now largely supported by a community of Victoria-area readers, all donations /subscriptions are directly invested in FOCUS’ journalism. Donations/subscriptions enable the site to remain open to all.
A healthy community—indeed a healthy democracy—requires strong media outlets holding the powers-that-be, whether corporate or government, to account. With readers’ support FOCUS can keep Victorians well-informed through original writing on important issues. Investigative journalism and local news analysis are especially needed.
We welcome your comments and inquiries either by phone or through the website’s contact button. And of course, your donations.
Donations can be made through our “Subscriptions” page or by calling us at 250-388-7231, sending an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org., or mailing a cheque to: FOCUS, Box 5310, Victoria, BC, V8R 6S4.
Thank you for your support! Please keep well and keep reading.
Leslie Campbell, Editor & David Broadland, Publisher
Box 5310, Victoria, BC, V8R 6S4
email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org