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Rotary GB&I launches audio version of Rotary magazine

Rotary GB&I launches audio version of Rotary magazine

We’re excited to be making Rotary magazine even better, with the launch of an audio edition. Here is all the information you need to subscribe, plug in and take a listen.

The August issue of Rotary magazine has been delivered to the homes of 40,000 Rotarians across Great Britain & Ireland. A further 10,000 copies have been made available to the general public through Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. However, in a move to increase accessibility to the publication, Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland has now launched an audio edition of Rotary magazine.

We have created the audio version so blind and partially-sighted members can enjoy the bi-monthly magazine. 

And in an age when audiobooks and podcasts are becoming more popular, the audio edition is also freely available to all Rotarians.

Rotary has been working collaboratively with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to produce and distribute the audio version.”

Rotary has been working collaboratively with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to produce and distribute the audio version.

Rotary Magazine audio editions can be streamed or downloaded through all top podcast directories, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast Index, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, Overcast, Castbox, and many more.

The August September edition of Rotary Magazine

Search for Rotary Magazine in your podcast provider to subscribe for free, so you receive notifications when bi-monthly issues are added.  

Publisher Jennifer Allen, Managing Director of Contently, has been the driving force behind the latest addition to the Rotary stable.

 She said: “One of the reasons audio magazines are seeing recent success is the unique way it triggers emotions, creates pictures in one’s mind, and motivates people into action, making it an ideal experience for Rotary members.”

According to the website emarketer.com digital audio has seen an increase in consumption in the UK during the Covid lockdown.

“Even with reduced commuting likely eating into their time spent with mobile audio, UK listeners still tuned in to digital audio elsewhere and will continue doing so,” said the industry website, predicting audience numbers to grow to 38.7 million in the UK – a 2.4% increase to before the pandemic. That figure will hit 39.2 million in 2022, it says.

The audio edition ensures our visually impaired and blind members can enjoy the magazine, and hear about the amazing Rotary projects that create lasting change in our communities.”

Amanda Watkin, General Secretary of Rotary GB&I, welcomed the new audio edition. She said: “Having the Rotary magazine in an accessible, audio format is a great step forward in our plans to deliver the greatest value to our members. 

“The audio edition ensures our visually impaired and blind members can enjoy the magazine, and hear about the amazing Rotary projects that create lasting change in our communities.

Having the Rotary magazine in an accessible, audio format is a great step forward in our plans to deliver the greatest value to our members.”

“Of course, having the magazine accessible in audio format also provides an alternate method for all members and the public to consume our editorial content; the work put in by our Managing Editor, Publisher, and the whole communications team in delivering this new service is fantastic!”

As well as your favourite podcast providers, the audio magazine will be available at: www.rotarygbi.org/listen