Good things are happening, especially in the world of accountability journalism! The criminal justice news outlet The Appeal is back as a worker-led nonprofit, and they’re already breaking big stories on the issues shaping the criminal legal system. The Verge is taking a stand on dubious sourcing demands. And our comrades at Jacobin are developing a Class War board game, the perfect gift this holiday season for budding socialists young and old.

All that and much more in this week’s Weekend Reader, exclusively for paying subscribers below.