What is Supercreator?
Supercreator is the premier politics newsletter for the creative class.
Each Thursday afternoon, independent journalist Michael Jones brings you scoops, interviews and analysis you won’t find anywhere else on the politicians, power brokers and policies shaping how online creators and their fans work and live in the new economy.
Sign up to get the weekly newsletter sent straight to your inbox plus previews of everything else I write. (Read a sample issue.) You can also purchase a paid subscription ($10/month or $100/year) to receive additional posts featuring breaking news, previews and recaps of major political events, and reported deep dives to help you navigate the legislative landscape with confidence and clarity. Already a subscriber? Log in at any time to manage your account.
Creators of all kinds — including writers, journalists, podcasters, video producers, visual artists, activists, musicians, home cooks, pro chefs, software developers, marketing leaders and entrepreneurs — and their supporters trust Supercreator to deepen their understanding of how Congress and the federal government work and how they can use the political process to improve their health, wealth and well-being. The newsletter is also a valuable resource for policymakers, strategists, operatives and advocates who want to make sense of the issues that matter especially to Black, brown, women and LGBTQ creators who are often overlooked and underserved by existing systems and institutions.
Don’t identify as a “creator?” That’s okay, but you probably know a few people who do. And even before the pandemic up-ended our existence, it already felt impossible to sustain a creative business or side project — especially if their home base is on one of the coasts like mine — without a safety net, like an uncreative day job. Because the open internet, with all its promise, has also been hijacked by a handful of big companies that devalue creative work and contribute to the consumer expectation that creative work should be free — even though it’s not free to produce. This is the result of policy choices. But bad policies can be replaced by better ones. And Supercreator is the guide that shows you how.
A bit about me: I’m a congressional reporter focusing on House and Senate Democrats, the progressive movement and the impact of race and inequality on the American creator experience. My goal is to break a steady stream of news on what’s happening on Capitol Hill and at the White House and what it means for people who create and consume things on the internet — so send me your tips, please!
As one of the few solo independent reporters to be accredited by a congressional press gallery, I spend hours each week roaming the halls of the US Capitol and listening to what lawmakers want me to know, probing for what they don’t and reading between the lines to connect dots that seem disassociated from each other. And when I don’t have the answers, I find experts, scholars and fellow creators who do. Then I craft all of my reporting into an editorial product for your reading pleasure and political literacy.
Before I launched Supercreator and jumped on the politics beat, I worked as a fashion journalist and e-commerce copywriter for two global magazine brands. (I studied journalism and was a newspaper editor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, a small school about 45 minutes east of Dallas.) And before that, I used to publish a cool fashion blog too. And in what feels like a lifetime ago, I designed, developed and delivered learning experiences for corporate financial institutions. I’m also a proud inaugural alum of the On Deck Writer Fellowship.
Here’s what people are saying about Supercreator:
“Michael is relentless in demystifying the legislative process and how politicians spend their days, empowering me as a reader to understand who is working when, from where, and why it matters with regards to the issues I care about.”
“Michael has made the seemingly inaccessible legislative process accessible, and that, I believe is the true power of journalism and reporting. Our world is constantly changing, and Michael’s work allows me as a digital creator to not only work and live in this new economy but also plan ahead for our country’s future.”
“Supercreator makes political news easy for me — a political novice — to understand. I find the reporting thorough but not overwhelming and that Michael meets the reader where they’re at and delivers the news that is so very important to our lives without it feeling intimidating. It’s a must-read for me and has given me tools to understand the world we’re living in even better.”
“As a freelancer in today's creator economy, Supercreator is one of my go-to sources for a recap of everything happening in Washington — all the details of who has a seat at the table, which promises are being kept or abandoned, and why I should care.”
Above all, I hope Supercreator demystifies the legislative process so you feel empowered to influence your friends, loved ones and even those who disagree with you regarding your vision and values. Because although young, low-income and nonwhite voters have been trained to only participate in democracy in extraordinary times of crisis or during election campaigns, it’s the ordinary moments that determine who gets to be seen, heard and acknowledged when it matters the most. I want each issue to feel fresh, newsy and human. And I expect you to hold me accountable for this ambition. See you in your inbox next week!