Lessons from year one of De Correspondent

Repost from MediumHere’s what happened to that world-record in journalism crowdfunding

In November 2013, GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram reported on the Dutch journalism crowdfunding campaign which led to the founding of our publication, De Correspondent:

It will be fascinating to watch De Correspondent, and see whether it can follow through on the incredible promise demonstrated by raising $1.7 million.

In the comments section, someone replied:

I give this venture 8 months. Seen this movie before.

I have to admit this comment made me nervous at the time. Would we be able to become a valuable publication? Would our crowdfunding members like the way we executed the idea in which they had invested? Or would we go down in history as merely a crowdfunding success?

Today, one year after our official launch on September 30th, 2013 , I’m thrilled to announce that more than half of our crowdfunding group has already renewed its membership and will stay with us. Continue reading “Lessons from year one of De Correspondent”

Every reader is an expert at something

Repost from MediumWhy we see journalists as conversation leaders and readers as expert contributors

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about news sites shutting down their comments sections, since readers’ contributions are often too obtrusive (read Mathew Ingrams excellent post about this).

Here in Amsterdam, we sincerely regret these developments, since we believe that modern journalists shouldn’t see their readers as a passive group of annoying followers. Instead, they should regard readers as a potential gold mine of expert information. That’s why, at De Correspondent, we encourage our journalists to act as conversation leaders and our members as expert contributors. Continue reading “Every reader is an expert at something”

Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent now has 30,000 paying members

Repost from MediumHow we’ve doubled our number of members, one year after our world record in journalism crowdfunding

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.’ It launched on September 30th last year, after raising a total of 1.7 million dollars with a world record crowdfunding campaign, and welcomed its 30,000th member today. Continue reading “Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent now has 30,000 paying members”

About Dutch journalism startup De Correspondent

Repost from MediumHow we turned a world record in journalism crowd-funding into an actual publication

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.

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”

Nieuwe uitdaging: ik word uitgever van De Correspondent

De toekomst van de journalistiek ontdek je alleen door te experimenteren. Ik ben ontzettend blij dat ik dat namens 17.325 (and counting) pioniers mag doen. Toen Rob vroeg of ik uitgever van De Correspondent wilde worden, twijfelde ik geen moment. We hebben in Nederland nog maar weinig intiatieven gezien waarbij journalisten vanuit het niets mochten bedenken hoe ze een nieuwe generatie (in leeftijd en geest) lezers kunnen bereiken.

Terwijl het zo hard nodig is. Continue reading “Nieuwe uitdaging: ik word uitgever van De Correspondent”

Als De Correspondent slaagt, is dat wereldnieuws

Hoe groot is de kans dat De Correspondent lukt? Inmiddels lijkt dat een makkelijke vraag, maar dat was ruim 24 uur geleden wel anders. ‘Heel groot!’ Zeg je nu. ‘Die Wijnberg zit binnen een dag al op de helft van het benodigde startbudget en hij heeft nog negenentwintig dagen de tijd!’ Gistermiddag zou je misschien net als ik ‘fifty/fifty’ gezegd hebben. Natuurlijk, Rob en ieder van zijn correspondenten hebben een grote schare fans, maar door de experimentele aard van De Correspondent was het best onzeker of mensen 60 euro zouden willen inleggen. ,,Je vraagt nogal wat van mensen”, zegt correspondent Jelle Brandt Corstius terecht in het openingsfilmpje. Continue reading “Als De Correspondent slaagt, is dat wereldnieuws”