What is this?

Music Journalism Insider is a newsletter about music journalism. I highlight some of the best stuff I hear, read, and watch every week; publish news about the industry; and interview writers, editors, and more about their work.

Who’s behind it?

The newsletter is written by me, Todd L. Burns.

You can find out more about me—and my career in music journalism—in the first edition of the newsletter. But here’s the short version: I’ve been a music editor and journalist since 2002, and involved with a few different publications over the years. In 2002, I co-founded Stylus Magazine, an early (friendly) competitor to Pitchfork. (Many of the writers from Stylus went on to bigger and better things.) Later, I went on to the world’s largest independent online electronic music magazine, Resident Advisor, where I shaped and helped execute the site’s first editorial strategy.

Most recently I worked at Yadastar, a creative agency that developed various projects for Red Bull, including the Red Bull Music Academy. At Yadastar, I helped develop an editorial strategy that led to the commissioning and creation of longform features, interviews, podcasts, radio shows, documentary films, and some very weird digital projects. While I was there, I was also lucky enough to host conversations with some of the world’s most fascinating musicians. (Folks like Philip Glass, James Murphy, and Laurie Anderson.)

Why’d you create this newsletter?

Music journalism isn’t exactly a growth industry, but I still believe strongly in its power. And I suspect—if you bothered subscribing to this thing—that you do, too.

That’s why I put this newsletter together.

At its core, Music Journalism Insider is intended to be a service to the community of folks who care about music journalism. My goal is to share knowledge, celebrate great work, and expand the idea of what music journalism is—and where it happens.

What’s the difference between a free subscription and a paid subscription?

With a free subscription, you get the weekly newsletter on Tuesdays.

With a paid subscription, you get these extras:

  • One extra newsletter per week. This extra newsletter regularly contains job listings, freelance calls, and all sorts of other stuff I can’t fit into the Tuesday newsletter.

  • Full access to every interview I’ve ever done as part of the newsletter. (I’ve talked with writers and editors from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and many more.)

  • Access to a “How To Pitch” database that has contact info for more than 225 publications that commission work about music.

  • Access to a page of reading recommendations, sourced from some of the top music journalists in the world.

  • Access to a special resource page that collates the best tips for music journalists and editors, sourced from the interviews I’ve done.

How can I get in touch?

Questions, comments, concerns? You can reach me anytime at music.journalism.insider@gmail.com.