The Revival of The Email Newsletter

Email newsletters were the worst, but now they’re my main news medium. Every day I get filtered into its own Gmail label a newsletter from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Business Insider, Reuters, the AP, Heather Cox Richardson, and WBEZ. Those are all free. In addition, I pay for a couple, like The Dispatch and Persuasion.

That latter newsletter tier is really interesting, because those outfits are new. Using the Substack platform, writers with backgrounds in legacy media have launched their own publications, and they are newsletter-first operations. They’re backed up by websites, and most are accompanied by podcasts, but the main product is the email newsletter–which you pay for.

I’m finding the arrangement well worth the nominal subscription fee.

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