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 honor them all. Our goal of growing our member base to 50,000 requires all our attention.
We’re in the midst of our renewal campaign at De Correspondent. In spring 2013, 18.933 pioneers backed our crowdfunding campaign for a daily antidote against the hypes of the day (read more about this world record in journalism crowdfunding). We went live on September 30th, 2013, and now these founding members will have to decide whether they’d like to support us for a second year. Already 8.000 have done so. When 10.000 members keep backing us, we’ll be safe for year two.
De Correspondent is a Dutch-language, online journalism platform that offers background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of mainstream media because they do not conform to what is normally understood to be ‘news.’ We launched on September 30th, after raising a total of 1.7 million dollars with a crowd-funding campaign.
That's it. I'm declaring De Correspondent the most interesting journalism start-up I have read about in 2013. http://t.co/LSPpQrkAem
On April 8th this year, professor Jay Rosen tweeted: ‘That’s it. I’m declaring De Correspondent the most interesting journalism start-up I have read about in 2013’. He had just read an article on Nieman Lab that described the world record in journalism crowd-funding we had achieved by raising $1.3 million in just the first three weeks. When the crowd-funding campaign ended two weeks later, nearly 19.000 Dutchmen and -women had invested a minimum of 80 dollars each. From then on, we had five months to build a platform and hire an editorial staff to keep our crowd-funding promise of launching in September 2013. Continue reading “About Dutch journalism startup De Correspondent”