Independent writers are joining forces to create networks of shared resources to make it easier to strike out on their own.
Why it matters: Writer collectives create a sweet spot for journalists and pundits looking for the support of peers but more autonomy than a traditional newsroom offers.
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Driving the news: A group of tech, media and culture writers recently launched Sidechannel, a server on the chat platform Discord. The group shares exclusive content with subscribers to the writers’ individual newsletters.
Yesterday, Casey Newton, author of the Platformer tech newsletter and a member of the group, hosted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a live chat on the platform.
The big picture: Other writer collectives are gaining momentum as the creator economy grows stronger.
Every, a newsletter bundle that launched on Substack last year but has since moved to its own platform, has 12 publications and 21 writers.
The collective splits pay between the writers based on reader surveys that indicate who they sign-up to read, co-founder Nathan Baschez, a Substack alum, tells Axios.
Baschez co-founded the collective with Dan Shipper, an enterprise software entrepreneur. The collective has 2,400 subscribers paying $200 per year.
Study Hall, a subscription newsletter, listserv, and digital community for the media industry, relaunched in 2018 and now has over 6,000 subscribers, co-founder Kyle Chayka tells Axios. Chayka launched Study Hall in 2015 with P.E. Moskowitz as a co-working space.
The bottom line: “The personality cult model isn’t the only viable model,” Chayka says. “The goal of this is to show that newsletters and small-scale media operations aren’t just one person.”
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