Magazines annoy me, they are mainly filled with filler content to justify more ads. They all get very repetitive within a few issues. I have always found articles more useful because they answer what I need. As far as news goes, there just isn't enough on it if your scope is PHP.
I agree that magazines do sometimes get annoying, that is why I thought of a more Open Source type of magazine would be better, not just filled with articles sent in, but also great articles read on the web that people have stumbled across (i.e. blogs, forum threads...etc - with permission ofcourse). I would definitely want it highly community driven.
Thanks for your ideas. I definitely want to keep ads to a minimum, this is not a high priority as it will be a hobby so income is not important. My main worry is not having enough content from developers.
Declining news papers do not concern me, as this is a niche market not to the general population.
It would be nice if you made sure the main focus was the quality of content, not quantity. Personally, I think there are enough general web design related blogs out there, so writing mainly about PHP would set it apart from the pack.
But...oswm sounds a bit of a mouth full, open source web magazine seems to role of the tongue easier :S. I guess we could debate about it all day :).
Right, on with the magazine.
I will keep you all posted with my progress. I will no doubt be posting back soon asking developers to write an article on a subject of their choice. If you have any ideas, suggestions etc please let me know.
Well... I'd love to help you, but this is my last year of my school, so it's kinda busy right now. Nevertheless I'd like to check out some articles in my spare time, although I can't promise you I'll check them out frequently
Eventually we will have our own site...http://www.opensourcewebmagazine.com. But for the moment most of the interest has been on linkedIn, hence why it has ended up being there. I created the group 'Open Source Web Magazine' the night before last and there are already over 50 members.