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The age of the personal newsletter is upon us and The New York Times is not immune. 

The Times announced yesterday that staff must seek approval for any new book proposals, TV and film deals, audio projects and, yes, newsletters—a notable new policy considering that The Times increasingly competes with platforms as well as other media organizations for writers. While the news has rankled some, the question is whether other media organizations will look to mimic these policies.

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