Publishing Platforms

As co-founder and publisher of De Correspondent, a Dutch journalism platform that broke the world record in journalism crowdfunding and now has 28,000 paying subscribers (€60 p/y), I’m spending a lot of my time working on our publishing platform called Respondens. On this blog I’m publicly researching our competitors and inspirations.

Just as a carpenter needs to apply a power drill with skill in order to build a great house, an editorial operation needs top-quality writing and organization to be successful. Software is just one of many crucial elements. Eric Eldon – TechCrunch

Research so far:

  1. WordPress
  2. Vox Media’s Chorus
  3. Ghost

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4 thoughts on “Publishing Platforms”

  1. “The biggest source of waste is everything the journalist has written before today”

    Ezra Klein from Vox.com wants his journalists responsible for constantly updating pages that are the ultimate resource on a topic.
    He told this The New York Times a couple of months ago (I found the remark while researching the much applauded CMS of Vox Media, called Chorus).
    I think Klein is right.
    1. We’re bombarded with new headlines and clickbait all day (here’s why). Thus understanding the world a little less with each update.
    2. We have the means to go beyond the format of a classic news article, which has literally been around for ages. Our shared goal is to inform readers to the best of our ability.
    So how we can we build a publication around this mission? How can we, for example, put every update on Syria’s war in its right context?
    A few challenges:
    Most journalists are addicted to the thrill of publishing a new story (I know I was). Updating a page is a lot less glamorous and is a big step away from a journalist’s default modus: filing new stuff.
    Inventing the right platform for this kind of journalism will need enormous investments and commitment from an ideologically-motivated senior management. This strategy doesn’t turn a profit within a couple of years.
    People will laugh at you. Exactly like they’re laughing at Klein’s efforts now. “I expected so much from Vox, but all they’ve launched are card stacks“. Almost everyone will fail to see what you’re trying to build in the long run.
    At De Correspondent, we’ll start building dossiers in 2015. These pages will be more than just a collection of links. We’ll use these to introduce people to bigger themes. Baby steps, but after 18 months of building a basic publication, we’re ready to take on Kleins challenge.
    While keep you updated at this blog, of course. You can follow the journey through RSS or Twitter.
    Update (13:08): This post by Jay Rosen elaborates on Ezra Kleins mission.
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