Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my tech and media newsletter. You can subscribe by clicking on this handy little button: Can publishers stop their journalists from launching Substack newsletters? Back in 2006, when I was working my first job as a reporter at a Virginia weekly newspaper, I received an ominous request from my bosses: they wanted me to drive the half hour to headquarters for a meeting. I can’t remember if they lied about what the meeting was about or simply didn’t tell me, but I know 22-year-old Simon was completely blindsided when they revealed, behind closed doors, why I had really been called in: “We know you’re blogging during work hours.”
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