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Foul Play’s Grace Harrison on what mainstream titles can learn from indies

True crime has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, helped along by seminal real-life TV dramas such as Netflix’s outstanding The Staircase and the somewhat outrageous Making of a Murderer.

This passion for true-crime exposés, whilst also serving as a reminder for anyone to avoid a brush with US law enforcement, has branched out into publishing, with two UK journalists (Emma Hardy and Grace Harrison) launching ‘Foul Play’ magazine earlier this year.

According to Vice, the title is a ‘respectful take on the true crime genre offering both reviews and features on all the true crime TV shows, podcasts and films currently flooding the market, as well as their own shot at serialised true crime content.’

In this latest podcast from the Media Voices team, Foul Play’s Grace Harrison discusses managing a magazine as a side hustle, what mainstream titles can learn from independents, and what makes Foul Play an altogether highbrow true crime title.

In the news roundup, the gang discuss LadBible’s imminent takeover of Unilad to create the Ultimate Lad, the sad news that Johnston Press’ debt is forcing the sale of its titles, and whether 5 minute long videos can work for Snapchat. 

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