The 2020 Publishing Hot List: The Print and Media Brands Rising to Covid-19’s Challenges

Recognizing stellar work in trying times by The Atlantic, The Washington Post and many others

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Publishing has been one of the many industries bludgeoned by the pandemic, which shuttered many publications that had already been on life support prior to Covid-19. But the winners on this year’s Publishing Hot List quickly adapted to unprecedented conditions, evaporating revenue streams and rapidly evolving consumption patterns to create some of their finest work ever. Here are the 2020 Hot List winners in publishing:

Publishing Executives of the Year

Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best, Jairaj Sethi, Substack

Courtesy of Substack

Last year, Substack’s only employees were its three co-founders: Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best and Jairaj Sethi.



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