Dutch news organization De Correspondent is getting more money toward its global expansion

Dutch darling De Correspondent got its start in the Netherlands in 2013 as a wildly successful crowdfunded news site promising ad-free, in-depth journalism and close reader participation in the reporting process. It’s now a few steps closer to launching its English-language global counterpart here in the U.S. On Monday, the organization announced that it’s received $950,000 in funding from the Omidyar Network. De Correspondent now has $1.8 million total behind its global expansion (New York University professor Jay Rosen is working with it on these efforts, and studying member-funded journalism best practices through the Membership Puzzle Project). Blue State Digital (which ran digital strategy for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns) and Dutch design studio Momkai (a founding partner of De Correspondent) will help spread the word about its global edition The Correspondent, cofounder and CEO of De Correspondent Ernst-Jan Pfauth wrote in a post announcing the Continue reading "Dutch news organization De Correspondent is getting more money toward its global expansion"

For public radio stations, “membership” mostly means “money”

News organizations’ membership initiatives need to be about engagement and relationships, not just money: That’s one of the tenets of the Membership Puzzle Project, a one-year research project that NYU’s Jay Rosen launched last May to help figure out what the “social contract between journalists and members” should look like. MPP released a report last month on the news membership model; this week, it released more research about how membership programs are working at public radio stations. There’s an overview report by Anika Gupta and a database of 50 public radio sites and their membership models by Corinne Osnos. A couple of tidbits and trends from the two posts: — All nine public radio stations that Gupta spoke with run pledge drives at least once a year. But pledge drives don’t have to be long:
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The Join the Beat project wants to tease out better ways of working with an audience directly and regularly on stories

Think of the reporting done by David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post around Donald Trump’s charitable giving (or lack thereof) — done in public, in direct engagement with readers and sources, in a way that made thousands of people feel involved in the fact-finding process. What if we could translate that kind of journalism to make it work in many more places — across different news outlets, across different beats? What if “membership” — a popular buzzword among news executives these days — was less about the publication and more about the individual reporter? The Join the Beat project wants to do just that, teasing out for beat reporters and their newsrooms new and better ways of working with an audience directly, closely, and regularly on stories. This Join the Beat research is part of the broader Membership Puzzle initiative, which New York University professor Jay Rosen directs, to conduct Continue reading "The Join the Beat project wants to tease out better ways of working with an audience directly and regularly on stories"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: March 29

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Twitter Introduces Pre-Roll Ads to Periscope Videos (Anthony Ha / Tech Crunch) 2. The Winners and Losers of Facebook’s Dive Into Header Bidding (Yuyu Chen / Digiday) 3. The Darker Side of Data (Nathan Skid / Advertising Age) 4. Jay Rosen: This is What a News Organization Built on Reader Trust Looks Like (Jay Rosen / Nieman Lab)
5. Who Wins and Who Loses in YouTube’s Falling Out With Brands (Garett Sloane / Advertising Age) 6. Imax, Warner Bros. Making ‘Justice League,’ ‘Aquaman’ Virtual Reality Experiences (Brent Lang / Variety) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!

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Newsonomics: Can Dutch import De Correspondent conquer the U.S.?

What if life were simple for journalists? They cover what they want to cover, developing deeper expertise in the fields that intrigue then. They get paid by those who actually want to read their work. And they regularly talk to their readers, bouncing ideas off of them and hearing ideas back. Those with long memories will recall that was one of the promises of the early Internet: disintermediation. In one version of the pipe dream, the web would blow away all those troublesome middlemen that stood between journalists and readers. Two decades later, that early idea became largely dormant. Every once in a while, a blogger/journalist like Andrew Sullivan would forge that direct-to-reader connection, but such examples haven’t written themselves deeply into history. Rob Wijnberg and Ernst-Jan Pfauth believe they can make a version of that promise real. In fact, they believe they already have. Today, the young entrepreneurs behind Continue reading "Newsonomics: Can Dutch import De Correspondent conquer the U.S.?"

Jay Rosen: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like

At the kind of journalism conferences that I attend, Aron Pilhofer, who had key roles in the digital operations of The New York Times and The Guardian in recent years, has been asking a very good question: What if news organizations optimized every part of the operation for trust? Not for speed, traffic, profits, headlines or prizes… but for trust. What would that even look like? My answer: It would look a lot like De Correspondent. Launched in 2013 in The Netherlands, De Correspondent is funded solely by its members: 56,000 of them, who pay about $63 a year because they believe in the kind of journalism that is done by its 21 full-time correspondents and 75 freelancers. The leaders of the site announced today that they will soon expand to the U.S. and set up shop in New York. (See Ken Doctor’s post on Nieman Lab for
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Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and the real story of Gatehouse’s boundless ambition

Sometimes when you connect the dots, you just get more dots. It looked like head-turning news: A Japanese company had taken control of one of America’s largest newspaper chains, New Media Investment Group, a.k.a. GateHouse Media. Tuesday’s headline: “Robotics and tech firm SoftBank Japan purchases newspaper company GateHouse Media”. As Softbank’s acquisition of New York City-based Fortress Investment Group was announced last week, it appeared, on the surface, as if the direction of more than 100 U.S. dailies would be in the hands of non-Americans. Plus, as feels universally true in these bewildering times, there appeared to even be a link to Donald Trump. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son had been one of the first chief executives to make the trek to Trump Tower in December, to pay fealty to the incoming president. His supposed promise, accompanied by the firm Trump hand on Son’s shoulder: $50 billion Continue reading "Newsonomics: Softbank, Fortress, Trump – and the real story of Gatehouse’s boundless ambition"