The Recorder


Publication analysis

About the publication

Title: The Recorder



Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, “The Recorder is California’s leading news and analysis publication at the global crossroads of the legal, business, and technology trends shaping law practice today,” and “provides the daily news and insights that California companies and law firms rely on to stay sharp in an increasingly competitive and challenging marketplace.1

Target audience: Legal professionals, law librarians, and the general public.2

Publisher: ALM Media Properties, LLC.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: Civilian publication for people in legal and tech industries.

Medium: Print and online.5

Content: In-depth reporting on the business of law and the administration of justice in California.6

Frequency of publication: Daily.7

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines:

Types of contributions accepted: Although most articles are written by professional journalists, the publication does accept letters to the editor. Contact the editor to discuss other types of contributions.

Submission and review process: There are no specific guidelines on the website, but letters to the editor should match the tone of other articles in the publication.

Editorial tone: No tone specified, but articles are written as informational news pieces.

Style guide used: None mentioned.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication is vital to a law library as a resource for the legal community and to keep law librarians updated on new laws and procedures. Law librarians work daily with the legal professionals who read The Recorder.


Audience analysis

About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The Recorder circulates in print to 3,000 paid subscribers, with 77,000 visitors to the website per month. 8

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Aimed at attorneys and executives in California.9, and written in English.

Reader characteristics: Considering that readership is comprised largely of attorneys and executives, most readers are college-educated professionals.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The majority of the readership are lawyers who will have knowledge of law libraries. Issues involving law libraries might be of interest to them, including articles on new publications in a specific field of law.

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

Due to the level of expertise and understanding the readers have of the law, LIS authors also need to have a high level of legal knowledge to write for this publication.

Last updated: November 13, 2014


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  8. “The Recorder Media Kit,”, accessed December 1, 2016,
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