Alex Kotch

Alex Kotch

Co-founder and executive director of the OptOut Media Foundation, investigative journalist, and Ph.D. His reporting has been published by outlets such as The Guardian, The Nation, and Vice.

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Blood Money: How America’s Biggest Charities Are Bankrolling Hate Groups Without Anyone Noticing

Blood Money: How America’s Biggest Charities Are Bankrolling Hate Groups Without Anyone Noticing

This piece was written in partnership with The New last few years have seen a wave of anti-trans Republican legislation introduced across the country, and much of it has become law. To name just a few examples: In 2016, North Carolina and South Dakota banned transgender kids from using public bathrooms that correspond with their gender...

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Help Us Improve the OptOut News App!

Help Us Improve the OptOut News App!

Dear OptersOut, I have exciting news: we're redesigning the OptOut News app! While we are proud of our beta app, we're planning to develop a lot of major improvements, both in the design/user experience and the functionality. In order to make OptOut News v.1 the best it can be, and get the most important independent reporting out to as...

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We're on Patreon!

We're on Patreon!

There are about a million publishing platforms these days, and each comes with its own way for you to subscribe to and support the news that matters to you. Since we've been only using one subscription-based platform (Ghost CMS), we've probably been limiting our paid subscriber reach. So OptOut is now on Patreon! post everything we post...

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Climate

Meet Amanda Magnani, Your New Climate Editor

Meet Amanda Magnani, Your New Climate Editor

This week we have some news of our own! The OptOut Media Foundation is excited to announce that Amanda Magnani is the new editor of OptOut Climate. Amanda is a Brazilian journalist and photographer focused on social and environmental issues. After living in seven countries, she returned to Brazil to dedicate herself to documenting the...

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Trump Indicted 🗞 Historic Israeli Protests 🗞 Starbucks Busted for Union-Busting

Trump Indicted 🗞 Historic Israeli Protests 🗞 Starbucks Busted for Union-Busting

A current or former U.S. president had never faced criminal charges until this week. While Trump's indictment is big news, it's not the only thing you should know. For example, Israel is seeing unprecedented protests again the far-right government's attempted power grab, and Starbucks' CEO was grilled before Congress over the company's...

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Your OptOut News Benefits (Members)

Your OptOut News Benefits (Members)

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Your OptOut News Benefits (OGs)

Your OptOut News Benefits (OGs)

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Your OptOut News Benefits (Ballers)

Your OptOut News Benefits (Ballers)

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OptOutcast

PODCAST: Janine Jackson on Corporate Media Bias

PODCAST: Janine Jackson on Corporate Media Bias

Today we have another edition of OPTOUTCAST for you! On this edition of OptOutcast, I speak with Janine Jackson, the host and producer of COUNTERSPIN a weekly radio show and podcast from national media watchdog Jackson is also FAIR's program director. She co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s, and...

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20 Years After the Iraq Invasion 🗞 Fire The Fed 🗞 Trump's in Trouble

20 Years After the Iraq Invasion 🗞 Fire The Fed 🗞 Trump's in Trouble

Welcome back to OptOut's weekend news roundup! Today we'll look at independent journalism about the 20-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Fed's blunders surrounding bank regulation and the SVB failure, Trump's legal troubles ramping up, and lots more. First, some updates about the OptOut network. WHAT'S NEW AT...

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Nieman Lab Digs OptOut 🗞 Who's Fighting Student Debt Relief? 🗞 Politico Aids Railroad Lobby

Nieman Lab Digs OptOut 🗞 Who's Fighting Student Debt Relief? 🗞 Politico Aids Railroad Lobby

Did you see the OptOut News Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab? As we near the one-year anniversary of our iOS app launch, OptOut is getting major recognition. The well known journalism analysts at Nieman Lab reviewed our innovative independent news aggregation app and interviewed Alex Kotch (me), the co-founder and executive director of...

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Podcast: Doug Henwood on His Career and Left Media Today

Podcast: Doug Henwood on His Career and Left Media Today

On this edition of OptOutcast, OptOut co-founder Alex Kotch speaks with Doug Henwood, a veteran journalist and author who's the host of BEHIND THE a weekly radio show and podcast, and the creator of the website LBO Doug tells us about his life and career, which has included a print newsletter in the 1980s and even a brief stint on Wall...

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Derailmentgate 🗞 The Times' Anti-Trans Crusade 🗞 Big Tech Myths

Derailmentgate 🗞 The Times' Anti-Trans Crusade 🗞 Big Tech Myths

OptOut is holding it first-ever public event next month! On Feb. 27, we are hosting a 2023 kickoff party and fundraiser in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We hope to meet you there! Please you're planning to come, and share this with anyone who'd be interested! OptOut News 2023 Kickoff and Fundraiser Help the OptOut Media Foundation kick off its...

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Black History Month 🗞 News From Africa 🗞 Where Did Our Attention Spans Go?

Black History Month 🗞 News From Africa 🗞 Where Did Our Attention Spans Go?

OptOut is holding it first-ever public event next month! On Feb. 27, we are hosting a 2023 kickoff party and fundraiser in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We hope to meet you there! Please you're planning to come, and share this with anyone who'd be interested! 🎉 Save the Date: OptOut News Party/Fundraiser in Brooklyn! 🍾 Come to our 2023 kickoff...

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🎉 Save the Date: OptOut News Party/Fundraiser in Brooklyn! 🍾

🎉 Save the Date: OptOut News Party/Fundraiser in Brooklyn! 🍾

Hey there, OptersOut! I'm happy to announce our very first public event. We're having a party and fundraiser in Brooklyn, NY, on Feb. 27. If you're in the area (and even if you're not but feel inclined to share this event with others), here are the details: OptOut News 2023 Kickoff and Fundraiser Monday, Feb. 27 6:30-9:00 PM The...

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🗞 Union Membership Declines as Big Tech Lays Off Thousands

🗞 Union Membership Declines as Big Tech Lays Off Thousands

This weekly edition of the OptOut News newsletter is a day late—apologies!—but we've got an interesting roundup of independent news coverage from the last week for you. In addition to one of OptOut's first original reports, I've chosen stories about U.S. labor participation, the fight for abortion rights, the state of COVID-19 three years

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Candace Owens’ ‘Blexit’ Operation Bankrolled by Wealthy White Conservatives

Candace Owens’ ‘Blexit’ Operation Bankrolled by Wealthy White Conservatives

This original reporting from the OptOut Media Foundation was produced in partnership with the newsletter and the Center for Media and Owens promised big things in October 2018 when she launched her Blexit Foundation. “Today, in this room, I’m so excited because we’re going to launch in front of the world a movement—a movement that will...

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Fifteenth Time's a Charm 🗞 Anti-Trust Victory 🗞 State Abortion Ban Struck Down

Fifteenth Time's a Charm 🗞 Anti-Trust Victory 🗞 State Abortion Ban Struck Down

Happy 2023! This is going to be a big year for OptOut and our numerous independent news outlets. I'll send out another email next week outlining our exciting plans for this year. As the co-founder and executive director of the OptOut Media Foundation, I want to thank everyone involved in our operation: our team of two dozen...

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Introducing New OptOut Original Content and Perks!

Introducing New OptOut Original Content and Perks!

Since launching this newsletter in August 2020, we have sent you over 200 editions, all completely free to the public. During that time, we've built a network of nearly 180 financially independent, trustworthy news outlets, and we've delivered their important work to you via our newsletters—which now include separate Climate, LGBTQ+, and...

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A Week of Labor Rights and Protest ✊

A Week of Labor Rights and Protest ✊

This is the general newsletter of OptOut News, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Find out more about the app at Over Profit. The OptOut Media Foundation recently launched its end-of-year fundraising We need to raise $50,000 in individual contributions by the end of 2022 so we can...

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Facebook Is Replacing Its Human News Editors with AI

Facebook Is Replacing Its Human News Editors with AI

Facebook, the gigantic social media platform/misinformation superspreader, is removing the human element from its News tab. Recent reports reveal that Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, is axing its human news favor of artificial intelligence. Facebook, especially, is becoming a fossil in the rapidly evolving world of social media,

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Pre-Election Special • Corporate Media Failures • Cuba & Brazil

Pre-Election Special • Corporate Media Failures • Cuba & Brazil

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Find out more about the app at depends on your support to run our free app, send this newsletter, and a lot more. We've raised $8,400 since we announced our end-of-year fundraising goal, but we have a long way to go. Can...

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Introducing Your New OptOut Climate 🌏 LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 and New York 🏙️ Editors!

Introducing Your New OptOut Climate 🌏 LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 and New York 🏙️ Editors!

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Find out more about the app at Over Profit. The OptOut Media Foundation recently launched its end-of-year fundraising We need to raise $50,000 in individual contributions by the end of 2022 so we can continue advocating for

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🗳️ Election Preview ✊ Fighting Conversion Therapy 🎃 Scary Movies!

🗳️ Election Preview ✊ Fighting Conversion Therapy 🎃 Scary Movies!

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Find out more about the app at depends on your support to run our free app, send this newsletter, and a lot more. We've raised over $7,000 since we announced our end-of-year fundraising goal, but we have a long way to go....

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Trust in Media is Near Record Low

Trust in Media is Near Record Low

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Find out more about the app at is out with a new that Americans' trust is media remains near a record low. Just 34% of respondents have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media (newspapers, TV, and radio). >...

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Help Independent Media Compete with the Corporate Giants

Help Independent Media Compete with the Corporate Giants

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news happy to report that the OptOut Media Foundation has made progress towards our 2022 fundraising goal! Since we announced our fundraiser, we've now...

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Human Rights Backsliding • Meet the BIPOC Press • Indigenous Resistance

Human Rights Backsliding • Meet the BIPOC Press • Indigenous Resistance

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news United States had a federally-guaranteed right to legal abortion for half a century when the Supreme Court struck down the legal precedent that...

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Scientology's Secret Immigrant Workforce • Anti-Trans Witch Hunts • Brazil on Fire

Scientology's Secret Immigrant Workforce • Anti-Trans Witch Hunts • Brazil on Fire

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news Over Profit. The OptOut Media Foundation launched its end-of-year fundraising campaign week. We need to raise $50,000 in individual contributions by the...

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For People, Not Profit. Worthy of your support.

For People, Not Profit. Worthy of your support.

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news news needs your support. This month we turned two, and we're proud of what we've built—a sophisticated, hand-curated news app downloaded on 10,000...

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SPECIAL LABOR DAY EDITION: Workers Around the World Stand Up

SPECIAL LABOR DAY EDITION: Workers Around the World Stand Up

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news Labor Day! Today's edition of the OptOut general newsletter focuses entirely on news about workers and organized labor. Numerous outlets in...

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Small Towns Work to Protect Abortion Rights • Storing Nuclear Secrets at Your Golf Club • Announcing OptOut Climate!

Small Towns Work to Protect Abortion Rights • Storing Nuclear Secrets at Your Golf Club • Announcing OptOut Climate!

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news newsletter will take you through independent reporting and analysis on abortion rights, Trump's legal woes, LGBTQ+ issues, U.S. media, and more....

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NYT Blames Workers for Inflation • A Climate Deal • Labor Solidarity

NYT Blames Workers for Inflation • A Climate Deal • Labor Solidarity

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news newsletter is a little different. I'm going to criticize The New York Times on its portrayal of inflation and then round up some coverage of climate and...

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📲 Android App! • Roe Woes • Dems Want Biden Alternative

📲 Android App! • Roe Woes • Dems Want Biden Alternative

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for Apple and Android devices. Find out more about the app at optout.news week we launched the OptOut app for for everyone's patience. The approval process took much longer than expected, but we were eventually able to get past

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Corporate Media Takes Big Oil's Money • SCOTUS' Awful Term • Musk Won't Buy Twitter

Corporate Media Takes Big Oil's Money • SCOTUS' Awful Term • Musk Won't Buy Twitter

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. The Android version will be out as soon as possible. Find out more about the app at the OptOut iOS and help us take on the corporate media! -----------------------------------------------------------------

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Climate

Corporate Media Must Stop Making Ads for Fossil Fuel Companies

Corporate Media Must Stop Making Ads for Fossil Fuel Companies

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news Alex Kotch (OptOut and Maria Bustillos (Popula by Amy Westervelt production and editing by Spencer this video! WHO’S TO BLAME FOR A LACK OF ACTION ON CLIMATE...

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Roe Is Gone • Dems Do Nothing • Pride!

Roe Is Gone • Dems Do Nothing • Pride!

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news don't have to tell you this, but last week was an absolutely horrible week. The biggest news wasn't more revelations about Trump's coup attempt. It wasn't the...

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The Gun Epidemic • Who's Bankrolling White Nationalism? • Covid Surges

The Gun Epidemic • Who's Bankrolling White Nationalism? • Covid Surges

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at week the OptOut network covered essential news about guns, climate, the Covid wave, extremism, and other issues, which we've rounded up for you below. 👕 ICMYI: We've got...

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Dem Voters Reject Centrism • Big Money Media • Contraception is Next

Dem Voters Reject Centrism • Big Money Media • Contraception is Next

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at weekend we return to our usual Sunday slot for your independent news roundup. Today's newsletter focuses on several important topics including extremism, primary election...

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Standing with Workers on May Day

Standing with Workers on May Day

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at May Day, everyone! On International Workers Day, as today is also referred to, we are devoting this entire newsletter to labor coverage from the OptOut news network. All of...

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Biden's Hollow Climate Pledge • Amazon Labor Union Pushes Forward • Anti-LGBTQ Violence

Biden's Hollow Climate Pledge • Amazon Labor Union Pushes Forward • Anti-LGBTQ Violence

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news week's independent news roundup features content about climate, labor, anti-LGBTQ hate, and lots more. But first, let's welcome a new outlet to the OptOut...

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Twerking for Labor Rights • Ukrainians Return Home • The Importance of Bison

Twerking for Labor Rights • Ukrainians Return Home • The Importance of Bison

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news take our short audience edition of OptOut's weekly news roundups covers labor progress, the Christian right, juvenile justice, the history of oil in Russia, and...

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New IPCC Report • Corporate Media's Love of War • Big SCOTUS News

New IPCC Report • Corporate Media's Love of War • Big SCOTUS News

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news take our short audience people are asking us: Are you making an Android app? When will it be ready? YES. We are putting the finishing touches on the Android...

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Trans Bodies, Trans Choices • Ivermectin Grifters Owned • Zizek Debates Ideology

Trans Bodies, Trans Choices • Ivermectin Grifters Owned • Zizek Debates Ideology

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news take our short audience in part to an OptOut feature from The Rational National today, our iOS app is currently at number the Magazines & Newspapers category on...

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Inflation Myths • Police Violence • Corporate Media's Worthy Victims

Inflation Myths • Police Violence • Corporate Media's Worthy Victims

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a free news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's available for iPhone and iPad. Find out more about the app at optout.news take our short audience Monday, the OptOut Media Foundation released the app that you've been waiting for since August 2020, when we launched this newsletter! Our...

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A Progressive Response to Ukraine • Texas Elections • Do Police Stop Crime?

A Progressive Response to Ukraine • Texas Elections • Do Police Stop Crime?

This is the newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news week's roundup of media content from OptOut's independent, trustworthy news network includes stories about the war in Ukraine, the Texas primary...

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Workers Fight Back, Critical Energy Theory, and the 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Workers Fight Back, Critical Energy Theory, and the 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news week's newsletter introduces a new OptOut network outlet and focuses on labor, climate, and misinformation, among other BOLTS! Bolts a brand-new

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Spotify and Censorship, Fighting Poverty, and the Colonization of Puerto Rico

Spotify and Censorship, Fighting Poverty, and the Colonization of Puerto Rico

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news week's newsletter introduces two new OptOut network outlets and aggregates independent news about the Spotify controversy, misinformation,...

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Over-Policing, the Cost of Being Poor, and Working-Class Candidates

Over-Policing, the Cost of Being Poor, and Working-Class Candidates

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news to your generous donations and a grant from the Puffin Foundation, OptOut's full news curation team began selecting content to highlight in...

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Women's Rights, Local News, Remembering Jake Varghese

Women's Rights, Local News, Remembering Jake Varghese

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news IN POWER, JAKE begin this edition with some very sad news: Jake Varghese, a talented developer, gifted policy wonk, and passionate activist,...

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Press Freedom Threatened, Covid Disinfo From the 'Left,' and Web3

Press Freedom Threatened, Covid Disinfo From the 'Left,' and Web3

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use your help in spreading the word about OptOut as we prepare for launch. We'd be grateful if you can forward this to your friends...

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Attacks on Climate Divestment, Sitting Ducks for a Pandemic & Roe in Danger

Attacks on Climate Divestment, Sitting Ducks for a Pandemic & Roe in Danger

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing for iOS (download it Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use your help in spreading the word about OptOut as we prepare for launch. We'd be grateful if you can forward this to your friends...

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Help Us Take On the Corporate Media on Giving Tuesday!

Help Us Take On the Corporate Media on Giving Tuesday!

During the New York City pandemic lockdowns during the spring of 2020, Walker and I had an idea. In order to compete with the corporate and legacy media giants, uncompromising independent media outlets need to come together. We thought that a news aggregation app for exclusively indy publications could shift the balance in the news...

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Racist Immigration Policy, Indigenous Climate Action, and Bari Weiss' Rightwing 'University'

Racist Immigration Policy, Indigenous Climate Action, and Bari Weiss' Rightwing 'University'

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing (sign up Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use your help in spreading the word about OptOut as we prepare for launch. We'd be grateful if you can forward this to your friends and...

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Dems Blow It, Labor Strikes Continue, and the Climate Cost of Capitalism

Dems Blow It, Labor Strikes Continue, and the Climate Cost of Capitalism

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing. Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use your help in spreading the word about OptOut as we prepare for launch. We'd be grateful if you can forward this to your friends and family and share

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📺 A Worker-Owned Streaming Service 🗞️ Corporate Media Corruption 💪 the Strike Wave

📺 A Worker-Owned Streaming Service 🗞️ Corporate Media Corruption 💪 the Strike Wave

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's currently in beta testing. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester in the second round. Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use your help in spreading the word about OptOut as we...

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Corporate Dems Block Biden's Agenda, the Media's Climate Narratives, & Pfizer Funds QAnon Candidates

Corporate Dems Block Biden's Agenda, the Media's Climate Narratives, & Pfizer Funds QAnon Candidates

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. We'll be launching the beta version of the app for iPhone and iPad very soon! By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester. Find out more about the app at optout.news could really use...

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The American Health Care Debacle, Corporate Democrats' Corruption, and Haitian Migration

The American Health Care Debacle, Corporate Democrats' Corruption, and Haitian Migration

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone this fall and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out more about the app at...

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The War on Trans People & Other News from OptOut

The War on Trans People & Other News from OptOut

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone this fall and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out more about the app at...

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Weekend Picks: Extremism and U.S. Imperialism

Weekend Picks: Extremism and U.S. Imperialism

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. Thanks for subscribing! We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone this fall and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out more...

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Labor Day Picks!

Labor Day Picks!

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. Thanks for subscribing! We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone this fall and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out more...

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Weekend Picks: Horse Meds Mania, Afghanistan, and Corporate Media Consolidation

Weekend Picks: Horse Meds Mania, Afghanistan, and Corporate Media Consolidation

Hey there, OptersOut. Another doozy of a week! There's a lot to cover today. This edition of Weekend Picks will update you on corporate media consolidation, welcome Defector of the OptOut family, dissect the horse dewormer craze, and round up 100% independent media content about Covid-19, Afghanistan, and other topics of the...

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Weekend Picks: Climate, Covid, and The Forever Wars

Weekend Picks: Climate, Covid, and The Forever Wars

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. Thanks for subscribing! We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone in September and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out...

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Weekend Picks: Climate catastrophe, bye bye Cuomo, and NYT union busters

Weekend Picks: Climate catastrophe, bye bye Cuomo, and NYT union busters

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. Thanks for subscribing! We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone in September and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out...

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🎉 Weekend Picks: We're 1! 🎂

🎉 Weekend Picks: We're 1! 🎂

This is the weekly newsletter of OptOut, a news aggregation app for exclusively independent media that's under development. Thanks for subscribing! We plan to launch a beta version of the app for iPhone in September and the full iPhone app in January. By subscribing to this newsletter, you'll have a chance to be a beta tester! Find out...

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Help Us Launch the OptOut App!

Help Us Launch the OptOut App!

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Weekend Picks: Billionaires in Space, Labor Fights, and Honoring Michael Brooks

Weekend Picks: Billionaires in Space, Labor Fights, and Honoring Michael Brooks

Happy Sunday, OptersOut! We have some exciting news to share with you, followed by our weekly roundup of news coverage from OptOut's growing network of financially independent news outlets. Let's get right to it! ANNOUNCEMENTS This week the OptOut Media Foundation reached a major milestone. We got our first foundation grant! The...

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Weekend Picks: the Climate Crisis, Union Busting & Nina Turner

Weekend Picks: the Climate Crisis, Union Busting & Nina Turner

Hey, OptersOut! Hope everyone is doing ok and not melting in the crazy heat wave. Between the record heat and the biblical flooding in Europe, climate change is even more terrifying than before. On that topic, while conservative Democrat Joe Manchin tries to strip climate provisions out the budget, President Joe Biden is supporting the...

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Weekend Picks: The OptOut Family Is Growing

Weekend Picks: The OptOut Family Is Growing

Hey there, OptersOut! I hope everyone has been well these past two weeks. Apologies for skipping last weekend's newsletter; Walker and I were both out of town and needed a weekend off. A lot is happening in the U.S. and around the world, and our independent news roundup below features content about anti-trust developments and...

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Weekend Picks: Rest in Peace, Mike Gravel

Weekend Picks: Rest in Peace, Mike Gravel

We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel on Saturday. Gravel was a champion for justice, and his presence on this Earth will be sorely missed. Sen. Gravel was unshakably optimistic. He never stopped believing in our better nature as a nation—despite mountains of evidence to the contrary—and he...

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Weekend Picks: Juneteenth, the corporate media, and regulating Big Tech

Weekend Picks: Juneteenth, the corporate media, and regulating Big Tech

Hey there, OptersOut! I hope everyone has had a good weekend and got to celebrate Black lives and the Juneteenth holiday. This week's newsletter focuses on the corporate media, Juneteenth, and U.S. politics. I recently took a few from our app's Livestreams section. Most news apps focus on articles, but OptOut seamlessly incorporates...

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Superstack: How to Upgrade From Substack to Ghost

Superstack: How to Upgrade From Substack to Ghost

After migrating to Ghost, we wanted to share our experience with you. If you're currently using Substack for your newsletter, we hope this post will help you decide whether or not such a migration makes sense for you. WHAT'S WRONG WITH SUBSTACK? Substack is a quick and easy way to start a newsletter, maintain an email list, and recruit

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Weekend Picks: Billionaires, Climate, and Bipartisan Attacks on Ilhan Omar

Weekend Picks: Billionaires, Climate, and Bipartisan Attacks on Ilhan Omar

Hiya, OptersOut! I hope everyone had a good week. I spent most of it sick (not Covid!), and thankfully I'm almost back to normal now. For today's newsletter, I've picked several topics and multiple pieces of content for each topic. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BILLIONAIRES The...

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Weekend Picks: Remembering Tulsa, Climate, Labor, and the Media

Weekend Picks: Remembering Tulsa, Climate, Labor, and the Media

Hey there, OptersOut! This week we formalized our standards for participating outlets, which you can read here Our mission is to create a media ecosystem where people can find the news they need and know that it's fully independent, accurate, and free of conflicts of interest. Trust in media is at an all-time low in the U.S., and we...

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Weekend Picks: Attacks on Workers and Palestinians

Weekend Picks: Attacks on Workers and Palestinians

Hiya, OptersOut! I hope everyone is having a relaxing holiday weekend. If you didn't see last week's all of your contributions are tax-deductible. Whether you're signed up for this newsletter with a monthly or yearly donation or you want to give us a different, one-time amount via these services you'll be able to claim a charitable tax...

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Weekend Picks: Biden's performance, more atrocities in Gaza, and the new podcast oligopoly

Weekend Picks: Biden's performance, more atrocities in Gaza, and the new podcast oligopoly

Hey there, OptersOut! We hope you’ve had a good week. Today we'll start with some housekeeping and then discuss the week's news, followed by a roundup of content from our exclusively independent OptOut media network. YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS NEWSLETTER ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Good news: Our legal advisers have determined that your...

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Weekend Picks: Corporate Media's Distortion of Israel-Palestine

Weekend Picks: Corporate Media's Distortion of Israel-Palestine

Greetings, OptersOut! OptOut co-founders Alex and Walker here! In OptOut news, we had our first meeting with a potential grantor this week, and we've contacted dozens more. We need to raise a significant amount of money to launch our forthcoming app and hire staff for the long term, so if you'd like to help us out now with a tax-deductib

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OptOut Picks: Mother's Day Edition!

OptOut Picks: Mother's Day Edition!

Happy Mother's Day, OptersOut! Today we're going to highlight content about mothers as well as some more news produced by or about women. Progress on our app new website, and the OptOut Media Foundation continues. Your donations are paying for fundraising consulting as we contact foundations about potential grants. You gotta spend money

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Weekend Picks: May Day, Biden's First 100 Days, and Anti-Trans Hysteria

Weekend Picks: May Day, Biden's First 100 Days, and Anti-Trans Hysteria

Happy Belated May Day, OptersOut! Since yesterday was May Day, this week's roundup will get into labor news, as well as Biden's first 100 days as president, anti-trans bigotry, and other news from the OptOut network. But first, an OptOut update. Since last week when we rolled out this new website and got approved as a 501(c)(3)...

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Big News from OptOut!

Big News from OptOut!

Greetings, OptersOut! I am thrilled to tell you about not one but two great things that happened this week. First, the OptOut Media Foundation has been approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity! This way we can raise money through tax-deductible donations, and we'll have a better chance of landing grants from foundations. Our EIN is...

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OptOut Picks: Corporate Power, Monarchs, and Socialist Sex Ed

OptOut Picks: Corporate Power, Monarchs, and Socialist Sex Ed

Greetings, OptersOut! Sorry for the late email. We spent a lot of the weekend working on our new website, and it’s almost ready for prime time. If you’re thinking of upgrading to a paid subscription or want to alter your current subscription, please hang on a little while until we get the new site up and running. If you have a pressing...

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Sunday Picks: Both-Sidesing Crises, Bessemer, and Actual Cancel Culture

Sunday Picks: Both-Sidesing Crises, Bessemer, and Actual Cancel Culture

Hey there, OptersOut! We’ve got some Sunday content for you from our exclusively independent participating outlets. First, some updates. * The app is in “alpha” phase, the pre-beta phase when we share the app with select people outside of our development team to get feedback and improve things as we prepare to get on the app...

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Sunday Picks: Anti-Trans Bigots, Labor Fights, and Covid Fails

Sunday Picks: Anti-Trans Bigots, Labor Fights, and Covid Fails

Hey there, OptersOut! I’ve got a lot of other OptOut work to do today and the weather is great in Brooklyn, so let’s get right into our weekly roundup of content from the excellent independent outlets participating in our forthcoming anti-corporate media app. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Weekend Picks: Labor Fights, Voting Wars, and Star Trek

Weekend Picks: Labor Fights, Voting Wars, and Star Trek

Greetings, OptersOut! We’ll begin with an essay from Walker and then get into OptOut participants’ work. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Another week in paradise. Or maybe not. Despite everyone’s seemingly optimistic posture about COVID-19 vaccines, there’s probably a whole lot of...

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Weekend Picks: The United States of Oligarchy

Weekend Picks: The United States of Oligarchy

Dear OptersOut, Apologies for the delay. Substack was down for several hours today. But I wanted to make sure you got your OptOut links for the week. I’ll jump right into it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS SLUDGE: POWERFUL REPS RELY ON CORPORATE PACS TO PAY THEIR COMMITTEE...

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Weekend Picks: Hasty Reopening, Media Woes

Weekend Picks: Hasty Reopening, Media Woes

Greetings, OptersOut! It’s been an eventful week. We hit the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring Covid-19 a pandemic. Biden signed an extremely belated $1.9 trillion relief bill that will, among other things, significantly reduce child poverty, supply states with desperately needed funds, and beef up...

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Weekend Picks: Corporate Dems & Biden's Bombs

Weekend Picks: Corporate Dems & Biden's Bombs

Hello again, OptersOut! It’s been quite a week. Biden is on the verge of signing his first major piece of legislation more than 40 days into his presidency. The Senate recently passed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. The good news is that the bill contains much-needed funds for the states, needy Americans, and vaccinations. If you...

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Weekend Picks: Fight For $15?

Weekend Picks: Fight For $15?

Greetings, OptersOut! Welcome to the newsletter of OptOut, the forthcoming news app for exclusively independent media. The Biden administration quickly caved on its promise of $2,000 checks, and now it’s not going to “fight for $15.” This week’s newsletter starts with some reporting and analysis of the minimum wage situation and then...

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Weekend Picks: Criminal Injustice, Forever Wars, and Medicare For All

Weekend Picks: Criminal Injustice, Forever Wars, and Medicare For All

Happy Sunday, OptersOut! Welp, the Senate decided to endorse future fascist insurrections and a Trump 2024 nomination if he wants it. I’ll be honest, between my own reporting on the far right and everything else that’s going on in the U.S. and the world, I’ve had to step back a bit from the constant stream of news and social media. We...

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Weekend Picks: Stand With Workers

Weekend Picks: Stand With Workers

Dear OptersOut! We’re busy working on our nonprofit application, so today’s news roundup is going to be a little shorter than normal. First, a quick update: We secured pro bono legal assistance from Lawyers for a joint project of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the Press Freedom Defense advising us and have...

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Weekend Picks: Hasty Reopenings, Mega-Pharmacies, and Health Care For Dreamers

Weekend Picks: Hasty Reopenings, Mega-Pharmacies, and Health Care For Dreamers

Hello again, OptersOut! Well, 2021 certainly seems to be off to an exciting start. This week, a bunch of people on the Reddit forum r/WallStreetBets took on Wall Street by buying up stocks of troubled companies that hedge funds were betting against, driving up their values and ensuring those hedge funds took heavy losses. In response,...

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Weekend Picks: Biden's First Days

Weekend Picks: Biden's First Days

Hey there, OptersOut! This week we’re happy to welcome The American Prospect and The Real News Network as OptOut partners! Biden’s presidency has begun, and there’s still lots to grapple with in terms of the insurrection and the Trump administration’s legacy of rightwing extremism, gutted federal agencies, and a black hole where...

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Weekend Picks: Rightwing Extremism, Big Tech, and Labor

Weekend Picks: Rightwing Extremism, Big Tech, and Labor

Hey there, OptersOut, We’re excited to announce that The Majority Report and The Bitchuation Room have joined the ranks of OptOut partners! The Majority Report, hosted by Sam Seder and Emma Vigeland, and Francesca Fiorentini’s The Bitchuation Room are both video and podcast outlets that examine politics from a progressive perspective. Be

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Weekend Picks: The Insurrection

Weekend Picks: The Insurrection

Hey, OptersOut. Happy New Year! What a wild start to 2021. To give ourselves a little break, we took two weeks off from this newsletter, but development of the OptOut app continues to go really well. Here are some recent screenshots. This is the “Headlines” feed, where OptOut editors handpick news items we think you should check out....

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Weekend Picks: Greedy senators, Facebook fumbles, and our new podcast

Weekend Picks: Greedy senators, Facebook fumbles, and our new podcast

Hello again, OptersOut! It’s been a rough few weeks, and we hope you’re all holding up. With stimulus negotiations still underway after months of no relief, it may not seem as though there is light at the end of this tunnel. But we must not allow ourselves to fall into despair or cynicism. We can come through by working together...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Dec. 12, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Dec. 12, 2020)

Hello, OptersOut! Another week of desperate coup attempts and rapidly rising COVID-19 deaths is coming to a close. I hope that these news roundups of content from our more than 80 media partners help you process these wild times we’re hurtling through. Independent news outlets like the ones below really help me, both as a journalist and...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Dec. 6, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Dec. 6, 2020)

Hey, OptersOut! Welcome, new folks, and thank you so much to everyone who became a paying subscriber since Giving Tuesday. We’re a small, scrappy group of volunteers, and every $5 makes a difference. Your contributions are helping us pay for initial fees like nonprofit incorporation, web hosting, and software building services. If you...

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Help the OptOut Team on Giving Tuesday!

Help the OptOut Team on Giving Tuesday!

Dear OptersOut, I hope everyone was able to have a good Native American Heritage Day weekend! I have finally returned to New York from the North Carolina mountains, where I saw my family for the first time in 18 months. I’m grateful for them and for my health, and I know so many people in the U.S. are struggling, whether financially,...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 21, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 21, 2020)

Dear OptersOut, Welcome back to our weekly news roundup from our independent media If this is your first OptOut newsletter, we’re a forthcoming nonprofit news aggregation app for exclusively independent media. We’ll be launching the beta version of the app in March, and in the meantime, we’re choosing some of the best articles, podcast...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 15, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 15, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! Hello from the mountains of western North Carolina, where I’m spending a few weeks hiking, cooking, working, and remembering what it’s like to be able to see stars in the sky. Despite intermittent bouts of rage tweeting, an addiction I’m working on, I’ve been able to step back a bit from the toxic world of social...

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OptOut of the Corporate Media Tonight!

OptOut of the Corporate Media Tonight!

Hello there, OptersOut! Finally, after a 114-year election season, it’s Election Day. That could mean you’re deciding which cable news giant you’ll turn to for the results and painful “both-sides” political analysis. Well, I’ve got some good news for you. You don’t have to watch CNN, MSNBC, or any of these other corporate channels!...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 1, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Nov. 1, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! We’re sure the election has you all distracted or anxious or hyperventilating into paper bags...but here are our picks for this week-in-review roundup, exclusively from our OptOut partner news outlets. If you enjoy the content, please consider subscribing or donating to them. As independent sites, podcasts, and...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 25, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 25, 2020)

Dear OptersOut, I hope everyone had a very normal week during this very normal time. I kid, but here’s another edition of our weekly news roundup to help you sort through the never-ending dumpster fire that our world is these days. First, we have some new independent media partners! * Pollen Nation a Native-led magazine dedicated...

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How We're Using Your Donations

How We're Using Your Donations

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 17, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 17, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! As you know, our nonprofit news app for exclusively independent media is still in development. But here’s your week in review—our selection of content from our partners we felt you should see! If you enjoy the content, please consider subscribing or donating to these outlets and individuals. As independent...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 10, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 10, 2020)

Hi there, OptersOut! Another slow news week, huh? As a white militia plotted to kidnap the governor of Michigan and Donald Trump tweeted through the early days of his COVID-19 infection while high on steroids, our more than 70 independent media partners put out some great stories, podcasts, and videos as always. The loose theme of this

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 3, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Oct. 3, 2020)

Dear Supporters, This week’s been a long year. Republican super-spreader events are taking up a lot of the media, and for good reason. But if you’d like a respite from the cascade of GOP politicos who are testing positive for COVID-19 after congregating without masks at the presidential debate, Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination event, and...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 27, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 27, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! It’s time for our round-up of the best content of the week from our more than 70 media partners. But first, we want to share a Twitter thread with you about the changing media landscape. Many independent writers, including some recently laid off from newsrooms plagued by budget cuts or recently ravaged by private...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 19, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 19, 2020)

Dear Supporters, It’s Saturday afternoon, and that means it’s time for some weekly highlights from OptOut’s media partners! OptOut is a forthcoming nonprofit news aggregator app for 100% independent media. Development is underway; we’re a totally volunteer operation so far, but we’ll need money for hosting, marketing, and hiring. Please

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 12, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Sep. 12, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! Let’s start with some updates on our forthcoming nonprofit news app for 100% independent media. The development is moving forward. The terrific volunteers at the Progressive Coders Network have done a lot of work on the backend—the content ingestion and admin system for the app. The user experience design is nearly

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OptOut's Weekend Picks: Special 'Law and Order' Edition

OptOut's Weekend Picks: Special 'Law and Order' Edition

Dear Supporters, Another week has gone by. It’s been a tough one in the U.S., with increasing fascism and white nationalism from the White House, law enforcement, and their vigilante allies. I’m going to skip the usual intro and updates and get right into our news roundup, which will mostly focus on these issues. Thank you as always for

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 29, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 29, 2020)

Hey there, OptersOut! As journalists, we know that our industry is in crisis. A handful of corporate media giants dominate the news and inundate us with the banal and the salacious. Our forthcoming OptOut app will challenge society’s dependance on the corporate news business. We will curate news picks for you throughout the day and offer

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Monday News!

Monday News!

Hello, OptersOut! Today we’re adding a news roundup for you that you’ll get every  Monday afternoon with five news and opinion items from the weekend and today. When we launch the app, you’ll have a constantly updated feed of content, but until then, we’ll hit you with several roundups per week. First, I spoke with Indiegraf about this a

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 22, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 22, 2020)

Greetings, OptersOut! I’m Walker Bragman, co-founder of OptOut. First, welcome to our new partners this week! * QAnon Anonymous podcast where hosts Jake, Julian, and Travis chop and screw the wildest conspiracy theories of the post-truth era. * Staying Home with Josh Fox filmmaker Josh Fox, an OptOut adviser, chats with...

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OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 15, 2020)

OptOut's Weekend Picks (Aug. 15, 2020)

Dear Supporters, It’s been a great week for new media partnerships! Since last week, we’ve added 12 great new partners to the OptOut fam. Word about our forthcoming nonprofit news app for 100% independent media is spreading, and news websites, podcasts, and YouTubers are taking note. Here are our latest additions: * Belly of the Beast

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Weekend picks from OptOut

Weekend picks from OptOut

Dear Supporters, Since promoting our user on Thursday we’ve had 266 respondents! Thank you to those who took the five minutes to answer our questions—your answers will help us design a user experience to meet your needs. If you haven’t filled it out yet, please do, and share widely! Take the survey Yesterday we hit a landmark: 50 media...

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It's Time For That User Survey!

It's Time For That User Survey!

What a week so far! Since publishing our first Substack newsletter on Monday, we’ve gotten over 4,200 views and hundreds of new subscribers, including 67 paid supporters. We’ve raised nearly $3,000 in immediate revenue, which will help us pay for our logo, nonprofit incorporation fees, marketing, web hosting, and other initial costs. We

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A nonprofit news app that's 100% free of corporate media narratives.

A nonprofit news app that's 100% free of corporate media narratives.

Welcome to OptOut, a forthcoming nonprofit news app where you can completely bypass the corporate media and read, listen to, and watch exclusively independent content. To those who subscribed to this newsletter via the OptOut launch thank you for your interest in our project! If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do; you can stay...

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