New benefits for Dispatch members are coming
Dear Readers of the Dispatch,
We have good news, and lots of it.
the dispatch grows. We are growing in size, we are growing in influence, we are increasing our membership and we are increasing our reach. And we want you to be part of it! We appreciate having you as readers, but a full Mail membership is about to become an even better value. Here’s how:
Weekly Expedition Lives: Starting February 15, join our writers, editors and special guests every Tuesday evening for The live dispatch streaming programs. We’ll discuss the day’s news and interview the country’s leading journalists and thinkers, live and exclusively for Mail members. We invite members to pull up a chair and have a drink if they wish: it will be like a roundtable on cable television, but without the shouting and performative nonsense.
Events, ultimately: When we first doodled our plans before we set off the dispatch, we shortened it this way: newsletters, podcasts, community and events. And in those early days, we started planning a variety of events that would allow us all to come together in a variety of settings. Great fancy lectures. Regional podcast recordings. Happy hour meet-ups, etc. For more than two years, COVID has thwarted these efforts. But we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to see many of you in person this year. Stay tuned.
Sending Book Club/Podcast: Starting next month, our Sarah Isgur will run a book club exclusively for Mail members. Sarah is an extraordinary bibliophile and she has already selected books, one per month, until the end of the year. The podcasts will feature discussions of the selections, often with the authors, and the conversation will continue in the Mail community on our website.
New Community Features: Participating in our comment threads requires a Mail membership, which we believe helps keep discussions civil. Over the next few months, in addition to significant changes to our website, you will see several new features to improve the Mail community experience.
Welcome to Dispatch Politics 2022: As our political volatility stretches into another election season, we’ve got you covered. Republicans are well positioned to win the House of Representatives. A handful of races will determine Senate control. There are maybe a dozen high-stakes gubernatorial races across the country. And, in the background, presidential candidate campaigns are raising funds and quietly adding staff. To cover it all, we’re throwing Allocation policy, our all-encompassing effort to cover campaigns and elections with exactly the kind of nuance and context you expect. In addition to The scanwe launched Stirewaltisms, our oddly-named newsletter featuring the wit and wisdom of Chris Stirewalt, Fox News’ former digital policy editor and seasoned political observer. Beyond that, we have allocated thousands of dollars to our travel budget so that Mail reporters will be on the ground to bring you in-depth coverage of races already in the news and other races we think should be in the news.
And there’s a lot more to come.
On that note, we are running a 30-day free trial. Join today or anytime through February 21 and enjoy all the benefits of membership. If you’re not happy with this, you can cancel at any time during the trial and you won’t be charged.
We hope you find that these additions convince you that being a paying member of the dispatch is a profitable investment.