About Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth. Foto door Rogier Bos

Ernst-Jan Pfauth (1986) is cofounder and CEO of De Correspondent, a Dutch journalism platform with 60,000 subscribers – who pay 60 euros per year – and a full-time staff of 45. It launched in 2013, after raising 1.7 million dollars with a world-record breaking crowdfunding campaign.

In november 2017, he moved from Amsterdam to New York with his family, to set up the global version of De Correspondent, called The Correspondent.

Global expansion of The Correspondent

De Correspondent has been praised by media such as The Guardian, Fortune and Die Zeit for how it enables readers to share their knowledge with journalists. Ernst-Jan regularly writes about lessons learned with De Correspondent on Medium.com.

In 2017, De Correspondent announced its plans for a global expansion on Harvard’s Nieman Lab. As a first step, De Correspondent partnered with professor Jay Rosen (NYU) and launched a joint research project called The Membership Puzzle.

Bestselling author

Ernst-Jan is obsessed by innovation in media. He is the former Head of Digital at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed bestselling author and columnist who has written two books on blogging and one about the burn-out society. In 2008 and 2009, he served as editor in chief of The Next Web Blog, which is now among the ten most-visited blogs of the world.

In his latest book, the ‘Dankboek‘ (The Book of Thanks), he  makes a case for beating the burn-out society together. He shares some conclusions from his book in this TEDx Talk:

30 under 30

In 2016, the American magazine Forbes featured Ernst-Jan in their 30 under 30 list for Europe, and the Council for the United States and Italy (founded by David Rockefeller) invited him for their prestigious Young Leaders Conference.

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Ernst-Jan gave talks at South by Southwest (SxSW), The Next Web Conference, The International Journalism Festival, The Columbia Journalism School and the World Publishers Forum and guest lectures at Harvard’s journalism institute and New York University.

Arts & Culture

Another love of Ernst-Jan is arts and literature. He often hosts literary talkshows, and welcomed writers like Donna Tartt, Jonathan Safran Foer, Ben Lerner, Chad Harbach, and David Sedaris as guests. He hosted talkshows for Frans Hals Museum and The Dutch National Opera & Ballet – interviewing Dutch legends like artist Joep van Lieshout and choreographer Hans van Manen.


Contact Ernst-Jan

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