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Substack CEO Discusses Growth

The reason journalists are flocking to Substack as it hands them independence as they don’t have a boss or rely on management for a salary. Furthermore, their content isn’t click-based driven as they get paid by subscribers.

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Substack is a subscription newsletter startup that’s taking the media industry by storm. Journalists such as Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Sullivan, Matt Yglesias, and Anne Helen Petersen have left their traditional media jobs to start a paid newsletters on Substack.

The reason journalists are flocking to Substack as it hands them independence as they don’t have a boss or rely on management for a salary. Furthermore, their content isn’t click-based driven as they get paid by subscribers.

On The Verge’s podcast Decoder, they spoke with Chris Best, co-founder, and CEO of Substack, to discuss how his company impacts journalism. One of the questions that Best answered is over the company’s growth as plenty of writers have used Substack to provide income as plenty of media members have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. “We’ve been putting in that effort, we’ve been helping writers every way we can, and it has been plugging along and growing geometrically. And COVID accelerated things a little bit, but didn’t fundamentally change it. I think we’ve just hit a size now where people are starting to notice,” Best said.

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Michelle Tafoya Hosting New Podcast for Salem Media

Tafoya’s new podcast will concentrate on life, politics, and world news; and air four episodes a week beginning May 23.

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Michelle Tafoya might have left the sports media side when she left her role on Sunday Night Football as a sideline reporter for NBC to move into politics. 

However, it didn’t mean Tafoya wasn’t leaving the media industry for good, as she’s now back on a podcasting platform. Radio Ink relayed the announcement made by Salem Podcast Network, which has signed Tafoya to host a podcast called Sideline Sanity.”

“I cannot wait for the rest of the country to get to know Minnesota’s own Michele Tafoya beyond her successful years of reporting from the sidelines,” Nic Anderson, Salem Twin Cities GM, said. 

“She’s full of insight, passionate about her platform and she’s ready to speak her mind. And Salem Media-Twin Cities is eager to help as we produce her podcast for a national audience and look forward to working with her locally as opportunities arise.”

Tafoya’s new podcast will concentrate on life, politics, and world news; and air four episodes a week beginning May 23.

“I’m thrilled to launch my first podcast with the Salem Podcast Network,” Tafoya said. “It’s exciting to join the chorus of talented Salem voices discussing the historic issues facing America and the world.”

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Joe Rogan Tops Top 50 Podcast Chart for the First Quarter of 2022

Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

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The podcasting industry is one way many consume news media, and one way its ratings are measured is through the Edison Research, which announced the Top 50 Podcast chart for the first quarter of 2022.

When it comes to the number one podcast on the list for these measures, it’s Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which holds onto its top spot, per Radio Ink. Other news media podcasts that are in the top ten include The New York Times’ “The Daily,” “NBC Dateline,” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.”

Here are the entire top 10 shows for Q1:

1. The Joe Rogan Experience

2. Crime Junkie (up from #3 in Q4 2021)

3. The Daily

4. This American Life

5. My Favorite Murder (up from #6 in Q4 2021)

6. Stuff You Should Know

7. Office Ladies

8. Dateline NBC (enters the Top 10)

9. The Ben Shapiro Show (enters the Top 10)

10. Call Her Daddy

The list rates the 50 biggest podcasts by audience measure based on Edison Podcast Metrics, which calculates the comparable audience size and demographics of all podcast networks in the U.S.

Furthermore, these measures are founded on substantial podcast listening, not downloads, and do not need an opt-in from podcast networks.

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Jack Dorsey Agrees with the Return of Donald Trump to Twitter

Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump.

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Soon-to-be Twitter owner Elon Musk stated on Tuesday that he would overturn a ban on former President Donald Trump. While speaking at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car event, the Tesla CEO stated he would change “the morally wrong and flat-out stupid” decision.

“I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said. “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald trump I think that was a mistake … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey agrees with Musk, saying that Trump belongs on Twitter, as do other individuals the social media platform has banned.

“I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but generally, permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol),” Dorsey tweeted in response to Musk’s remarks. 

Despite there being the possibility of Trump returning to Twitter, the former president has no intentions of returning as he’s keen on growing his social media outlet, TRUTH Social. 

“I am not going on Twitter; I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it, and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

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