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Today, DoubleBlind Makes these 5 Promises to You

A candid letter from DoubleBlind's Editor-in-Chief

Shelby Hartman // January 22, 2021

DoubleBlind is devoted to fair, rigorous reporting by leading experts and journalists in the field of psychedelics. Read more about our editorial process and fact-checking here. Editorially reviewed by Madison Margolin.

Dearest Readers, 

Almost two years ago now, we decided to do something crazy: We started a magazine at a time when even the largest magazines and media companies were cutting staff and going out of business. We did it because we believed in it—deeply. We believe in the value of good journalism. And we believe in the extraordinary potential of psychedelics to reduce suffering. 

We always knew our biggest challenge would be funding our journalism in a way that allowed us to maintain our independence, uphold our values, and, importantly, pay the writers and artists who make it possible what they deserve. We’re still committed to doing that—and so, today, we’d like to make some promises to you:

  1. Our journalism will never have a paywall
  1. We will never rely on advertisers to fund our reporting, so we never have to take money from companies we don’t believe in
  1. We will always be available to support you for free. You can message us anytime via email or through our social media 
  1. We will always pay the writers and artists who we work with fairly. We will always prioritize inclusion by highlighting all voices, not just the most well-known ones
  1. We will always prioritize access and education over profit. When we charge for something (like a course or event), we will always offer scholarships and sliding scale options

In order to help us do all of this, if you can afford it and feel called, we’d be grateful if you would consider an ongoing donation to DoubleBlind, starting at $1/ month. In exchange, you’ll be a part of a monthly Zoom call with my co-founder, Madison Margolin, and I where we’ll answer any questions you have about the psychedelic movement or your own journey with psychedelics. These Zoom calls will include special guests, some of the people who we love and respect most in the psychedelic space. We have a vision of this being an intimate community, where we can brainstorm, collaborate, dialogue and, simply, be together. 

Since starting DoubleBlind, we’ve gone round and round about how to make it sustainable—and then the other day it hit us: Many people in our community have already asked if there’s a way they can donate, just because they believe in our work. If everyone on our mailing list donated $1/ month, that would be enough to fund the whole magazine—we’d never have to worry again about advertisers and we could just focus on doing what matters most: supporting you. 

Also, know that no matter where you are on your journey, we value you as a member of our community, and will continue to support you. 

Our sincerest wishes of love, light, and growth to you in this New Year,


Shelby Hartman is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DoubleBlind. Her work has appeared in VICE, Quartz, the Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone, among others. Shelby worked in broadcast news production for CBS News covering presidential elections, protests, natural disasters, and other breaking news. Spurred by a passion for print and investigative reporting, she transitioned to magazine writing, working as an editor at Pasadena Magazine and receiving her Master’s Degree in long-form journalism from Columbia University in 2015. Since then, Shelby has worked as a columnist at LA Weekly and an editor at Herb, the largest cannabis media company, with extensive features on post-traumatic stress disorder in the veteran community, the cannabis industry, the psychedelic research boom, and the popularization of ayahuasca. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
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