I want to tell about a new part of TPM we’re going to be launching next month.
It’s called TPM Inside. I’m not trying to pitch you on joining it here. But a key part of Inside will be a regular schedule of phone conference call briefings on key political and policy questions in the news at the moment – some scheduled in advance, some in response to breaking news, others just Q&As with me or TPM reporters. One format will be this: I’ll do a short, focused interview with the expert or newsmaker we’re talking to that day and then Inside members can ask questions. I’d moderate the Q&A.
We are of course coming up on a critical, perhaps historic mid-term election. We all know the stakes. But beyond what is on the line there are still all the dynamics and nuts and bolts of any midterm campaign. So we’re going to start with a series of these briefings focused on the election. These will be in a pre-launch phase where anyone who is a member of Prime can sign up to participate. The only reason we’ll do sign ups is because even though there’s no way everyone would call in, there are now 29,000 Prime member. That’s a bit ungainly for a conference call.
Why are we doing this pre-launch phase? For a couple reasons. One is we want to give people a look at what we’re doing with Inside. Another is that Prime and our Prime members are an absolutely critical part – really the bedrock – of TPM’s business today. So we want to say, thank you. This is a critical number of weeks ahead of us. And these will be very interesting conversations. We’re currently finalizing the schedule. But they’ll include one conversation with a top polling and data expert, another with one of the country’s most experienced election lawyers, another with a top activist. We’ll have others too.
I’ll be sharing more news about this in the next few days and weeks. For now, if you’d like to be informed when we have details ironed out, just click the little thumbs up button at the bottom of this post. To be clear, you’re not signing up for anything. You’re not paying anything. This is just we’ll put you on a list to email you when we have a definite schedule so you can sign up to join us on one or more of these calls.