Self-publishing outlets such as Lena Dunham’s newsletter may give more traditional publishers reason to be afraid

Actress Lena Dunham is on her way to “journalistic respectability” with her new newsletter Lenny, Andrew Wallenstein writes, possibly giving more traditional publishers reason to be fearful. Self-publishers and traditional publishers used to be on opposite sides of the ecosystem, Wallenstein says, but those days are over as social media bypasses a middleman. Wallenstein writes: “Lenny demonstrates that, done correctly, they point the way toward a potential future in which the media landscape could get crowded by many more such efforts, which could leave the traditional press outlets feeling like their territory is getting encroached.”