Journalism movies: 61 must-see movies for journalists (and 4 series)

I love journalism movies. I recently watched State of Play, a movie about a grumpy old reporter who investigates a billion dollar scandal. He gets some help from a newspaper blogger. The funny situations – ‘I don’t have an opinion, maybe I should read some blogs’ – and the ‘damn fine reporting’ inspired me. They […]

A short guide to crowdfunding journalism

In the spring of 2013, we raised 1.7M dollars with a crowdfunding campaign for our Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent. Two years later, we still receive invitations from conferences, students and journalists to talk about how we did it. We feel flattered by these requests. Yet we’re way too busy with our current challenges to […]

How Beau Willimon writes House of Cards

‘Don’t write. Instead, go do something that will make you happy.’ ‘You’re still here? Congratulations, you’re a writer. You’d crawl through the desert to tell a story’. Beau Willimon wrote for theatre for twenty years. Four years ago he had his big break when Netflix purchased two seasons of House of Cards. At SxSW 2015, he gave us some […]

The talk show I always wanted to organize

When the Russian impressario Sergei Diaghilev (1872 – 1929) staged a performance with his Ballet Russes, he sometimes asked Coco Chanel for the costumes. Jean Cocteau wrote the scenario. Pablo Picasso painted the decor. Igor Stravinksy composed the music. Vaslav Nijinsky danced and George Balanchine choreographed. Just picture that for a moment. All these giants working for the same […]

Bringing journalists and technologists together on February 18th

On February 18th, my colleague Dimitri Tokmetzis and I will talk about how we try to encourage members of De Correspondent to share their knowledge. We’re invited by Eva de Valk. She organizes Hacks/Hackers, a meet-up that should bring journalists and technologists together. I’m a big fan of this idea, since journalists alone can’t figure out the […]

Why I won’t be late to any party anymore (thanks to bitcoin)

Today we are pleased to announce that Coinbase has raised $75 million in Series C financing, the largest funding round to date for a Bitcoin company. This brings our total capital raised to $106 million. I wonder whether this news will cause the buy price of bitcoin to climb. I use Coinbase to buy bitcoin. Big fan […]

Richard Linklater’s films are like therapy

This weekend, I watched three films in a row: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) & Before Midnight (2013). I had heard about this trilogy, but never got around watching it. Then I found out director Richard Linklater also directed Boyhood (2014). I wanted to see whether these three movies would also captured ‘love’ in […]

‘Self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others’

Last night I finished reading Joan Didion’s classic essay collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968). I especially liked the first stories about the stranger side of American society, which she wrote for The Saturday Evening Post. She sings praises for John Wayne, who many considered old-fashioned then, and explains America’s fascination for airplane tycoon Howard Hughes. But the essay that really […]

In response to @ev: these are our metrics for success

I want to go as far as saying that this article by Evan Williams alias @ev – who (co-)founded Blogger, Twitter and Medium – is already a classic, even though it appeared online today. Because I haven’t seen anyone else explaining the difficulty of measuring the success of a new media company in such a clear way as Williams […]