A media newsletter & online support network for media workers.
Study Hall promotes community and collaboration in the media industry and publishes original reporting on digital media and entertainment. It was founded in 2015 in Brooklyn, New York, by Kyle Chayka and P.E. Moskowitz as a coworking space for freelance writers and over time has grown into an organization with over 3,000 subscribers.
We provide education about journalism as an industry and career as well as analysis and breaking news, taking on the stories emerging in the discourse every week. We also work with clients like brands and other publications with editorial consulting and classified ads.
If you have any questions about Study Hall, including about our staff, or want to send us feedback, email [email protected].
We need you to fill out our new subscriber survey! There’s one for Listserv subscribers, and another for Network subscribers. If you haven’t filled out the survey, we can’t add you to the system, so fill it out! As soon as you sign up, you’ll have access to Study Hall’s website — articles, how-tos, and more. For everything else, you may need to wait a few days, and during busy periods up to a week, before you’re added. You’ll get notifications as soon as you’re added to the Listserv and our Slack (if you signed up for the Network tier). If it’s been over a week and you’re still not in the system, email [email protected]. Don’t request access to our Google Docs. If you can’t access them, send an email.
Yes. Anyone can join Study Hall. There are certain restricted Slack channels, but the Listserv and the newsletters are open to all who are interested. If you just want to read media news and interesting features, we recommend you sign up at the Basic level.
We highly recommend you read our user guide before posting anything on the Listserv, Slack, or anywhere else. We also periodically send out community updates that are written by users—fun little personal journeys through Study Hall. Search our site for “community update” to read them. And finally, as we say in the user guide, lurk! There’s so much to take in and learn from Study Hall that it can feel like too much. Hang around for a week or two and just watch how others use it, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
The Study Hall Listserv gets dozens of messages a day. When you sign up, you’ll be automatically added to it via Google Groups. If you’re getting too many emails, you have to change your own settings on Google Groups and specify that you want a digest of emails instead of every email. Another good strategy is to create a Gmail filter to put all Listserv messages in your archive under a specific tag so you can look them up later. Just set one up for all emails from [email protected]. If you leave the Study Hall group entirely, you won’t be able to access any Listserv content and will have to email [email protected].
We use payment processor Stripe for all payments, and there are no hidden fees. You’ll be charged as soon as you sign up and then on the same day every month after that. You can leave at any time.
No. We don’t represent journalists or other media workers in matters of contract negotiation or work like a traditional union. Think of us more like AARP for the media world: we advocate for you, and we publish stories relevant to you. We do however work closely with several media unions to establish pay rate transparency and push for changes across the industry.
We want to get everyone who works in the media in the same room. We think the media industry is broken, its business model outdated, and its power too concentrated in the hands of the few; and that by all talking to each other, we can begin taking the industry back into our own hands. The more we communicate with each other, the more transparency we bring to the byzantine workings of the media industry, how people are paid, and what makes them successful.
Daniel Spielberger is Study Hall’s newsletter editor. His work has appeared in VICE, Them, NBC News, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. You can send pitches, questions, and smoothie recommendations to [email protected]. [Full-Time]
Chris Erik Thomas
Chris Erik Thomas (@frailfag) is a Berlin-based writer whose work has appeared on The Face, Highsnobiety, Essential Homme, Paper Magazine, and other publications. Before moving to Berlin, they worked as Out Magazine’s Digital Managing Editor in New York City. [email protected] [Contributing Writer]