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By Jewel Wicker • Issue #18 • View online
After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus, As Told To is returning via Revue.

My last day at the AJC in 2017.
My last day at the AJC in 2017.
As of this month, it has officially been four years since I left the AJC to work as a freelance reporter and figure out if journalism was a career I wanted to continue to pursue. (Spoiler alert: I’m still a journalist and truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve been self employed longer than I worked in newsrooms which I realize is an immense blessing. It’s also something that works for ME, but wouldn’t be feasible or even desirable for everyone.)
When I first stopped producing a newsletter earlier this year, it was on the heels of criticisms against Substack as a platform. I wanted to take the time to understand the critiques and the company’s response, and formulate an opinion about whether or not I wanted to continue to host my newsletter with them. I’ve known for a few months that I wanted to switch platforms and the potential Twitter integration made Revue the most appealing option for me. Since then, work and my personal life have been hectic in many of the same ways that 2020 and 2021 have been for others. I certainly never intended to stop publishing my newsletter for this long, but I’m excited to start back. Look for new content in your inbox every other Friday from now on…
What you can expect moving forward:
  • Article, book, music, film & TV recommendations
  • Atlanta musings (of course)
  • Culture and media commentary
  • Roundups of my work
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the reporting on some of my larger projects
Casual Reminder
The Writers’ Co-op
This is your daily reminder that there are very few emergencies in freelance writing. You don’t have to be available at all hours.
Recent Work
  • A Word…with Jason Johnson - The Racial Reckoning Podcast [Slate]
In honor of Black Music Appreciation Month, @JewelWickerShow joins the latest episode of A Word to talk about the tradition of popular music mixing with protests.

Stream it now on @Spotify:
  • Tired Of Not Getting Credit For New Trends, Black TikTok Creators Go On Strike [NPR]
What I'm Listening To (And Watching)
  • Jazmine Sullivan’s “Tragic”
Jazmine Sullivan - Tragic (Visualizer)
Jazmine Sullivan - Tragic (Visualizer)
  • Hacks (HBO)
  • The Crime of the Century (HBO)
The Crime of the Century (2021): Official Teaser | HBO
The Crime of the Century (2021): Official Teaser | HBO
Recent Reads
  • I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner? [NY Times]
  • Race Manners: Which Black People Should I Believe? [NY Times]
  • The broadband gap’s dirty secret: Redlining still exists in digital form [CNet]
  • Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford
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