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The Hot Pod Insider newsletters come out twice a week — chiefly Thursday and Friday, but may shift around based on the news cycle — that’s designed to:

  • Deliver exclusive coverage on news developments and trends to subscribers;
  • Deeper follow-ups to a specific topic from the week;
  • Catch and round up a news development that beat the free Tuesday newsletter drop, and/or
  • Pursue a broader idea or theme that may not fit the flow of the public newsletter.

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[More information about Sidechannel can be found here.]

Because these newsletters are spread out across more days within a week, they can afford to be shorter, pithier, and more concise. As such, they will each consist of about 1500-1800 words (that is, either three short news items or one deep column plus bites). By subscribing to Hot Pod Insider, not only will you be supporting my work here in Hot Pod, you’ll also get a better, more responsive picture to what’s happening in the podcast industry on a day-to-day basis. You’ll have access to future reporting and information experiments.

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Miscellaneous Notes

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