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What is Rachel’s Notebook?

Hi, I’m Rachel Cohen, a freelance journalist covering social policy and politics for outlets including the Atlantic, the American Prospect, the Intercept, and Slate.

You can read some of my best work here.

In recognition that it’s grown so difficult to keep up with news, and the zillion links posted online every day, I’ve created this newsletter to better distribute my reporting.

You can also help support this work!

It’s not exactly breaking news that the economics of journalism are increasingly grim for writers, especially independent reporters like me. The amount it costs to collect information is often significantly greater than what one can earn for publishing that information. Nothing feels worse than saying no to covering a story because you don’t think you’ll be able to earn enough to justify the time spent doing the reporting.

A monthly or annual contribution would go a long way to helping me avoid having to make those choices. I hope you’ll subscribe, and I promise not to clog your inbox.

And lastly, if you have ideas on topics I should be paying attention to and potentially writing about, shoot me a note any time at