The week magazine was founded by Jolyon Connell in the United Kingdom in 1995. In April 2001, the magazine began to publish an American edition; an Australian publication followed in October 2008. Dennis Publishing publishes the UK edition while The Week Publications publishes the US edition.
The various publications of the magazine provide a digest of the week’s news and editorial observations from worldwide media that offers readers numerous political viewpoints. In addition to opinion and news, the magazine also covers news related to science, arts and business. In September 2007, the magazine’s US version launched a daily website. While the daily website carries the undertaking of the print magazine over to the internet, it also publishes unique commentaries from writers like David Frum, Will Wilkinson, Robert Shrum and Brad Delong.
The Week magazine is also the title of an influential literary magazine in Canada and two other weekly news magazines established in the UK. These publications are not associated with the current magazines.
- The Week (1883-1896)
This publication was Canada’s primary political and literary periodical. Famous contributors included journalist and novelist Sara Jeannette Duncan, poet Charles G.D. Roberts and political critic and intellectual Goldwin Smith.
- The Week (1933-1941)
Marxist journalist, Claud Cockburn started the first British magazine known as The Week as a newsletter in the spring of 1933, after he had come back from reporting on Germany. It focused on the increase of fascism, anticipated Private Eye and won a large readership, according to Cockburn’s son. Jessica Mitford accredited the journal’s influence to its use of undercover sources. However, it stopped the publication in 1941.
- The Week (pre 1965-1968)
Pat Jordan and Ken Coates re-founded The Week some time prior to 1965. They were Marxist members of the British Labour Party and were connected to the New Left Review to which Cockburn sporadically contributed. Their version of The Week provided a collective critique of Harold Wilson’s government, particularly over its failure to resist the Vietnam War. Jordan edited the paper until 1968, when he cooperated with Tariq Ali in beginning of The Black Dwarf. At that time, The Week became a monthly periodical called International, which was printed by the International Marxist Group.