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Business Insider’s Josh Barro Is Latest Star Journalist to Quit and Start Newsletter



Business Insider Senior Editor and Columnist Josh Barro is the latest star journalist to quit his media gig to launch both a newsletter and a podcast.

“I am going independent in the new year, with a new podcast and a new newsletter! I’ll have newsletter details after the holidays, but you can already sign up for the new podcast, Very Serious with Josh Barro,” Barro wrote on Twitter.

Personal news: I am going independent in the new year, with a new podcast and a new newsletter! I’ll have newsletter details after the holidays, but you can already sign up for the new podcast, Very Serious with Josh Barro. Here’s the Apple Podcasts link:

— Josh Barro (@jbarro) December 23, 2021

Barro follows other star reporters like Bari Weiss, who quit the New York Times a year ago and resurfaced with a Substack newsletter called Common Sense which as of October has gotten more than 100,000 subscribers, according to CNN Business.

Other examples of star reporters who quit their full-time media jobs to start paid newsletters on Substack include Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Matthew Yglesias and conservative commentator and author Andrew Sullivan.

Together, the top 10 publishers on Substack currently rake in more than $20 million a year, and some of the top performers each make more than $1 million annually. 

Substack aims to allow writers broad editorial freedom — as long as the company’s broad content guidelines are respected — while getting support for legal threats. The 4-year-old company’s hands-off approach to moderating content is inherently different from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter: Substack’s customers are choosing to pay for a newsletter or read it for free. Yet earlier this year, the company faced some criticism after some users pointed out that it was hosting and paying advances to authors regarded as anti-trans and anti-women. Some writers ultimately chose to leave Substack over the issue and migrate their work to competing platforms.

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Substack Reaches 1 Million Paid Subscriptions

‘Fight Club’ Author Chuck Palahniuk on Why He’s Publishing New Novel Via Substack

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Republicans Are Hoping to Make Virginia the Next State to Ban Trans Youth From Sports



ShutterstockThe Commonwealth would become the eleventh state to enact legislation attempting to stop trans youth from participating in sports as they are.


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An Ambitious Time Traveling Sci-fi Relives the Past on Streaming



Sci-fi has always been a genre that works best when the ambition of the filmmakers is matched by their storytelling prowess, and failing to walk the delicate line between managing both can often yield disappointment.

Unfortunately, largely overlooked Australian effort 2067 sits firmly in that camp, even if it’s showing signs of gaining a new appreciation as an unsung cult favorite. Co-written and directed by Seth Larney, you can probably have a wild guess at what year the story unfolds in.


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Who Is Hana Cross? Get to Know the Model Spotted on Several Dates With Scott Disick



Hana Cross made headlines after a dinner date with former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Scott Disick in 2021, and she was spotted out with him again in early 2022. The English model has actually been in the public eye for quite some time, though. Learn more about her below!

Hana has been represented by modeling agencies across the world for years, including Storm Los Angeles. While her Instagram shows that she spends a lot of time in Italy and London, it appears the brunette beauty is based in California.

She and the Talentless founder were seen returning to popular seafood hotspot Nobu in Malibu for a third night out together in late January 2022, according to photos obtained by E! News. Their dinner date came just one week after they were spotted arriving at a nightclub in Los Angeles together in photos obtained by the Daily Mail.

For their third outing, Scott wore a pink sweatshirt and light blue pants outside of Nobu, the fashionable model wore a black leather jacket with matching knee-high boots and a mini red and black skirt.

It appears they enjoy the upscale dining location, as they were first seen together at Nobu in November 2021, just one month after Scott’s ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian announced her engagement to fiancé Travis Barker in October 2021. Scott and Kourtney share three kids — Mason, Penelope and Reign — and split in 2015 after nearly a decade together. 

Hana is no stranger to public romances. She dated Brooklyn Beckham — the eldest son of retired soccer player David Beckham and former Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham — for about a year before they split in 2019. Brooklyn is now engaged to Nicola Peltz.

While the exes haven’t spoken publicly about their uncoupling, Hana debuted a song in April 2020 that seemed to point at her former boyfriend. 

“You broke my heart and said let’s be friends but I never heard from you again and that’s kind of mean,” she sang while strumming a guitar via Instagram. “I saw us as meant to be and you saw me as temporary and that’s kind of rough.”

For Scott’s part, this isn’t the first time he’s been spotted with a woman since his relationship with Amelia Gray Hamlin ended in September 2021 after 11 months of dating. The reality star was seen on a vacation to St. Barts with model Bella Banos in December 2021.

An insider told Life & Style the daughter of Real Houswives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna  “dumped” Scott after Kourtney’s ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima leaked an alleged Instagram DM exchange that showed Scott shading the Poosh founder’s PDA-packed trip to Italy with the Blink-182 rocker. 

It appears Scott is now ready for a serous relationship, though. He has been “trying to find a woman he can settle down with,” a second insider told Life & Style in December 2021. “His friends say he’s not happy playing the field anymore.”

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