A Boast and a Thank You
Exciting news about The Addition!
Please forgive me for being a bit self-indulgent, but I am taking a break from the usual media/tech reporting and analysis to share something exciting about The Addition. This newsletter has been shortlisted for an award! I am nominated in the ‘Best Solo’ category at the inaugural Publisher Newsletter Awards.
I know everyone says it in these situations, but I genuinely did not expect to make the shortlist, so my expectations of actually winning are very low. However, as I’ve only been writing this newsletter for a little over a year, it is very nice to be recognised in this way. That is particularly true given the calibre of the other publications on the shortlist. You should check out the full list of nominations because there is some great stuff on there across the different categories.
The other thing to say, and once again it’s a cliché but it’s true, is that I would not have got to this point if it were not for you, my lovely subscribers. The whole thing would be rather pointless without you and nowhere near as fun! Like almost every newsletter creator, I’ve found building The Addition hard. Growth has been steady but slow. It is easy to get frustrated. Having you read me every week makes it worth it.
I do though have a couple of favours to ask. Firstly, if you’re a free subscriber and you are able to, it would make a huge difference if you upgraded to become a paid subscriber. One newsletter a week is behind a paywall and a paid subscription also means you can leave comments. Paid subs are crucial to keeping this publication going, so thank you if you are already paying or if you decide to upgrade.
If you’re already a paid subscriber or do not feel willing/able to be one, it would be extremely valuable if you could share The Addition with people you think will like it and encourage them to sign up.
Thank you once again for all your support and for letting me show off about my nomination. Normal service will resume next week. I will be writing about the issues that come from journalists and creators ‘renting’ space on different platforms and reporting from The Podcast Show in London.
From the Podcast
Rob Burley on BBC Failures and the Power of Political Interviews - Rob Burley has been involved in producing many key political interviews. On this week’s show, he gives a powerful insight into his work and doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the BBC, Piers Morgan and much else.
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From the Blog
Vice Media Files For Bankruptcy - Vice Media filed for bankruptcy on Monday. As noted in a recent newsletter, this had been expected, but that hardly makes it any less painful for the employees, and indeed founders, of what was previously a titan of the social media news era.
Trump Town Hall Fallout Hits CNN Media Reporter - The fallout from CNN‘s Town Hall with Donald Trump last week continues. It seems that the scathing take from the outlet’s media reporter Oliver Darcy did not go down that well with the top brass, including channel chief Chris Licht.
The ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Trailer is Finally Here - Ever since Apple TV+ launched, we’ve been hearing about “Killers of the Flower Moon”. The epic movie stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert De Niro, and is directed by Martin Scorsese. And… there’s finally a teaser trailer for it!