Sorry I haven't been able to reply sooner. In terms of the magazine I'd like to be in charge of making every month, I could not agree more. I have long argued internally that to compete in the Internet age, a niche/enthusiast magazine such as Keyboard needs to focus on giving readers what they can't get elsewhere. For my money, that comes down to long-form, deep gear reviews that focus on using the products at multiple gigs and studio sessions, access to artists who open up about their technique and creative process, and music lessons for several genres and all levels of ability, every month.
The business reality, however, is that like most U.S.-based magazines that have been around awhile, we're owned by a large corporation that answers to stakeholders. (In our case, a private equity firm.) Thickness is dictated by an algorithm based on ad revenue, and that kind of thing is decided far above my pay grade.
A common-sense response to this, of course, is to say, "But if we have a higher-quality product, more people will read it, and more companies will be inspired to advertise." In fact, that's exactly what I and most editors you'll ever meet believe. The irony is that for the very reasons you list (blogs, videos, etc., all of which are available to readers for free), the business managers are very bearish when it comes to any argument resembling "If you build it, they will come." They're just not that risk-tolerant.
All that said, we strive every month, and within the resources and space we have available, to make a magazine that has a little something for everyone: rock, pop, jazz, EDM; reviews, lessons, artist profiles. And I certainly hope we're giving you $15 per year worth of good information. (My own priority as an editor is to have fewer articles that go more in-depth in each issue, as opposed to a bunch of fluff just for variety's sake.) It may take three or four issues of Keyboard to cover what we'd like to do in one, but I really do believe the stuff is there.
If you have more specific suggestions I'd be happy to hear them. Very best regards,
Editor in Chief
"I'm just a confused musician who got sidetracked into this damned word business..." -Hunter S. Thompson
Principal, Fortner Media
Editor at Large, Keyboard Magazine