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 of over 7,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member and are running into technical issues, the email is email@example.com.
What happened to Patreon?
Previously, Study Hall was run via Patreon. Now we have our own website, with a custom subscription system. If you have a Patreon account, please sign up for a new account on this site, then delete your pledge on Patreon (we can’t automatically move payment information from Patreon). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any logistics questions.
I’ve just signed up, what now?
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@example.com. Don’t request access to our Google Docs. If you can’t access them, send an email.
I’m really interested in the media, but I don’t currently work in the industry. Can I join?
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 $5 level.
I signed up, am in the system, and am totally overwhelmed. What do I do?
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.
I'm suddenly getting way too much email, help!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you leave the Study Hall group entirely, you won’t be able to access any Listserv content and will have to email email@example.com.
How does Study Hall charge me? Are there any hidden fees?
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.
I really want to support your work to help media workers survive and thrive in tough times. How can I help?
We accept donations! You can send them via paypal.me/studyhallxyz.
Are you a union?
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.
What is the goal of Study Hall?
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.
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Evan Kleekamp is a digital media researcher. Their work has received recognition from funding bodies including Creative Capital, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the California Arts Council. They live in Los Angeles. Study Hall-related project proposals may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (@kleekamp). [Full-Time]
Ashley Bardhan writes about video games, the internet, and other things people like from her little apartment in New York. She writes the weekly media digest for Study Hall; you can even send her tips at email@example.com (@ashleybardhan).
Chris Erik Thomas
Chris Erik Thomas 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. (@frailfag). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. [Contributing Writer]
Kyle Chayka is the author of The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism and a freelance writer for publications including The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Vox, and many others. (@chaykak). Email: email@example.com. [Emeritus]