News and views on subscription publishing from the Substack team.
Created 26 Aug 2020
  • Breaking off the engagement
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 73 24
    Engraving with stipple by H. Bunbury, 1794. For nearly two decades, social media giants have showered us with content while accepting nothing in return – other than our engagement. Now, with the norma...
  • Building a team to help writers flourish
    14 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 64 11
    As Substack continues to grow in our efforts to build a better future for the media ecosystem by putting writers and readers in charge, we have been rapidly expanding our team. Today, we’re pleased to...
  • Announcing the winners of Substack Local: Telling the stories of our communities
    01 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 53 12
    Local journalism informs and brings together communities, but, facing a business model crisis, it has never been more under threat. That’s why we launched Substack Local, a $1 million initiative to he...
  • Growing the pie for writers
    13 May 2021 • 4 min read • 100 27
    Bailey Richardson (left) and Kevin Huynh (center). Photo by Kai Elmer Sotto. In 2014, journalist Anna Codrea-Rado, publisher of Lance, pitched a story to editors at a major news outlet about how YouTu...
  • New: Add sections to your publication
    06 May 2021 • < 1 min read • 107 125
    Today, we’re releasing publication sections, which allow you to create and manage multiple newsletters or podcasts within a single main publication. As your publication grows, you might start to expan...
  • New: More control over your subscriptions and community
    29 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 48 24
    Today, we’re sharing three new features that give you more control over your publication’s subscriptions and community. As a writer, you own your relationship with your community. These tools are part...
  • Introducing Substack Local, for a new generation of local news
    15 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 106 29
    Today, we’re announcing Substack Local, a US$1,000,000 initiative to foster and develop the local news ecosystem by helping independent writers build local news publications based on the subscription ...
  • Investing in writers
    30 Mar 2021 • 2 min read • 170 49
    When we started Substack to build an alternative media economy that unlocks the full potential of the internet and gives more power to writers and readers, we didn’t know if the model would work. A lo...
  • New! Homepage links, restore post drafts, and improved stats page
    26 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 78 98
    We’ve recently added some new features to improve the publishing experience on Substack. Recommended links First, you can now add links to your Substack homepage. Create as many sections as you’d like...
  • How we approach moderation decisions
    25 Mar 2021 • 2 min read • 132 239
    In December, we published a statement about our philosophy on content moderation. In the time since, content moderation policies across all platforms have become only more consequential and debated. T...
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