Twice as Good Update
Seventy subscribers and counting!
Well, I launched one month ago with no money and no social media or promotion, but 70 people have already subscribed! Not only that, but 90 per cent of you not only opened the email, but read or listened to the content. I couldn’t ask for a better turnout at this stage, and I appreciate you all showing up to find out what this is about.
Personally I’m sick of the daily news format, I’m sick of doom scrolling, and I’m sick of social media.
Twice as Good is an audio newsletter where I curate black news that centres human stories and the deeper context beyond the headline. The articles are in text and audio formats whenever possible, so you can listen or read on your own time.
No red notification dots, no ‘ping’ sounds, no algorithm.
On that note, what I’m doing is nothing without you. So who are you? How does the newsletter help you stay informed and inspired?
If you have 10 minutes to help me understand what you’re getting out of this and what you like (or don’t like) about it, your answers make all the difference in terms of what comes next.
This road goes both ways, too. If you want to know more about me–who I am, where I come from, and what this thing is all about–I was recently on the BlackLantic podcast with Hillary LeBlanc and Clinton Davis where I introduced myself. Check it out.
After our interview someone told me how they wished they could keep up with the news on their daily commute in the car–that’s exactly why the newsletter is packed with audio. The audio will keep playing even if you click away or put your phone to sleep, so you can safely listen while driving, biking, walking, or whatever you’re doing that is way more engaging than gluing your eyes to a screen. I record articles in audio for this reason, and I do it as often as I possibly can.
This release includes some seriously thought provoking stories to read (or listen to) so just before we get on with it...
I'm putting together a list of black-owned media companies on the East coast and I want your input. Reply to this email to shout out your friends, family or colleagues who are black and own their media business. The resulting database will be passed on to the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) so they can advocate for funding and investments in black media in the Atlantic provinces.
P.s. Thanks to the people who answered the last poll! A clear majority asked to hear this section of the newsletter as audio, and here it is.
The Soul Train
Diversity of thought, talent and experience.
Stories that go beyond the surface.
I'm a journalist and digital producer who rejects the daily news format, instead embracing narrative, human-centred information and stories.
I've done work for The Coast–where I covered the local housing crisis and the growth of Airbnb–CBC, the Black Business Initiative magazine, Halifax Examiner, and Lion’s Roar, the largest Buddhist magazine in the English speaking world. I've also helped launch multiple journalistic startups based on community issues around race, media and politics.
Twice as Good is a newsletter where I curate black news that centres human stories and the deeper context behind the headline. I do this in both text and audio formats whenever possible, so you can listen or read as you wish.
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