Apocalypse Then and Now

“Indigenous experiences and perspectives challenge the notion that a press corps equipped with notepads and recorders can capture the whole truth.”

Published: Nov 25, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,906 words)

The Substackerati

“Did a newsletter company create a more equitable media system—or replicate the flaws of the old one?”

Author: Clio Chang
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,003 words)

Fag Rag: The ’70s Paper Of Gay Political Revolution

Fag Rag wasn’t an idealistic publication; it didn’t suggest that a gay utopia was possible or even desirable. Instead, it pushed for a political revolution that wouldn’t come at the expense of other marginalized groups.”

Published: Sep 11, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,608 words)

How a Global Crisis Turns Into a Personal Crisis

“Moral injury can be triggered by committing, witnessing, or failing to prevent an act that violates one’s personal ethical code.” With journalists covering Covid-19 deaths and state violence against protestors around the clock, how do they avoid long-term impact?

Published: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,780 words)

Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It’s Like to Report on Facebook

“The company controls the communications and informational intake of more than two and a half billion people. It can feel impossible to comprehend its total influence—or to overstate its impact on journalism.” Jacob Silverman talks to over a dozen journalists in an attempt to understand what it’s like to cover Facebook.

Published: Jul 1, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,730 words)

The Story Has Gotten Away from Us

“Six months of life and death in America.”

Published: Jun 3, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,600 words)

The Heat Reporter

What you see in the aftermath of California’s fires.

Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,690 words)

Bad Romance

“What happened to the National Enquirer after it went all in for Trump?”

Published: Nov 28, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,925 words)

The Mystery of Tucker Carlson

If we figure out how Tucker Carlson went from promising gonzo journalist to “shouty guy in the bow tie,” maybe we’ll figure out what happened to America.

Author: Lyz Lenz
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,965 words)

NYT Magazine’s Rita Dove on What Poetry Might Grant Unsuspecting News Readers

Brendan Fitzgerald interviews Rita Dove on how she plans to approach her upcoming one-year stint as poetry editor at New York Times Magazine. Taking over for Terrance Hayes this summer, Dove has free rein to select a poem that will appear in the magazine each week, along with her short introduction. Dove is the fourth poet to hold the poetry editor position.

Published: May 25, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,794 words)