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Housekeeping Notes

(1) You might’ve read this off Ben Smith’s column over at The New York Times on Sunday night, but I’m going to be part of new experimental thing with a few other fabulous newsletter writers — Casey Newton, Delia Cai, Anne Helen Petersen, Eric Newcomer, Ryan Broderick, Kim Zetter, and Charlie Warzel — where we’re […]

April 13, 2021
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Analysis: Vox Media to buy Cafe Studios, publisher of Preet Bharara’s podcast

Ben Mullin over at the Wall Street Journal had the scoop on Sunday evening — who scoops on Sunday evenings! C’mon! — and according to his report, Bharara will join Vox Media as a host, co-founder, and creative director of Cafe, which will be retained as a brand. The terms of the deal were not […]

April 13, 2021
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The Modern Challenge of Voice Identity and Anonymity

When someone wants to talk on the record about something that could get them in trouble, they might opt to conceal their identity. For a written piece, they could use a pseudonym (or simple anonymity, like being referred to as “someone familiar with the matter”); for something filmed, they could obscure their face. In theory, […]

April 13, 2021
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The Road to Relaunches, Revivals, or Whatever You Want To Call It

It was the summer, and John Moe was giving serious consideration to getting out of the game. Last June, American Public Media announced that it was laying off a good chunk of its workforce, citing financial strain due to the global pandemic. Moe was among those who lost their jobs, and as part of that, […]

April 13, 2021
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Tracking: April 13, 2021

Selected Notes Last Thursday, the Writers Guild of America, East announced that The Ringer and Gimlet Media unions have ratified their collective bargaining agreements with Spotify. Both contracts last for three years, and you can find the entire language of the Gimlet agreement here and The Ringer agreement here. Keep in mind, the Parcast union is […]

April 13, 2021
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Tracking: April 6, 2021

Well this is certainly interesting. Yesterday, Clubhouse announced that it is implementing the platform’s first monetization feature: Payments, which allows users to send… well, payments, directly to creators. The tool is being rolled out in an uneven fashion; as of today, every user can send payments, but only a “small test group” can receive payments […]

April 6, 2021
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Apple TV+’s Twin Project

So, this is very interesting. This morning, Apple TV+, the tech giant’s media streaming service, announced an original content production called The Line that’s actually a combination of two different projects spanning two different formats. The first project is a six-part narrative nonfiction podcast series hosted by Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS) […]

April 6, 2021
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The Business of Teenager Therapy

Last summer marked an exciting stretch for Teenager Therapy, the popular chatcast that serves as a platform for five high schoolers — Gael Aitor, Mark Hugo, Isaac Hurtado, Thomas Pham, and Kayla Suarez — to host open and candid conversations about teen mental health, the issues they face, and their lives. In July, the podcast […]

April 6, 2021