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Cheat Sheet: AI Newsletters on Substack

Came up with a dozen, all with contact info. We tried to avoid the roll-up newsletters that point to others’ content but offer little of their own. Then again, those “digest” newsletters point to still more resources.

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Cheat Sheet: Substack Healthcare Newsletters

Though there are many more out there, this cheat sheet lists only seven Substack healthcare newsletters. We omitted the ones whose authors publish infrequently, and those that just don’t seem worth your time. Below are the ones “closest to useful.” 

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Why Substack Might Be a Flash in the Pan

All year long we’ve read about editors planting their flag in Substack. Rare is the story about someone leaving it. That’s what Jacob Donnelly is doing. Jacob believes he has outgrown Substack, explaining in a Dec. 15 post that the platform is too rigid and prevents him from growing his business.

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Profile: James Ledbetter, Substack Author

In trendy and media trade media at least, the Substack-as-new-model-for-journalism story seems to have already come and gone. Yet there’s so much more left to tell. Perhaps the Substack story’s next phase is best told inside out, through the eyes of a newly self-minted author — such as James Ledbetter.

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Substack: Influence Worth Hunting For

Add Substack to the list of platforms frustrating to PR — Product Hunt, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Quora — that command attention but aren’t pitchable like publications. Founded in 2017, Substack is a publishing platform for indie newsletter authors. It’s cool and we’ll get into why, but Substack’s web site is more or less a metaphorical black box.

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Vendors: Don’t Forget the Contact Info

Bloomberg reporter Matthew Boyle Tweets: “Another hour lost to rooting around a startup’s ‘newsroom’ page, looking in vain through the fawning case studies and trite “thought leadership” blog posts for the name of an actual human media contact with an email address and (!) phone number.”

Good Pitching Advice from Axios

Tweeted by Axios health tech reporter Erin Brodwin: “If you’re pitching me on a company’s credentials, no need to tell me how great the founding team is, where they’ve worked, etc. — I’ll find out. Tell me how they solve a problem, how they’re diff from rivals (and there are *always* rivals), how they track outcomes and get paid.”

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