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.”
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.
Newsletter Spy is a new tool that searches Substack for newsletter authors and topics. It’s exactly what the media-curious have been waiting for, since Substack itself provides little in the way of discovery. Prepare for disappointment.
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.
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.
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.”
CNET insiders are leaking, helping Mia Sato deliver this powerful story, which alleges that CNET buckles to advertisers, and also, that editors knew about the unreliable AI-written copy, but owner Red Ventures made them use it anyway.
The latest from Futurism: ‘Leaked Messages Show How CNET’s Parent Company Really Sees AI-Generated Content…
They’re happy to spoonfeed you unlabeled AI garbage — but they’re terrified Google will take notice.’
Great scoop from the WSJ’s Alexandra Bruell (sub required).
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.”