I’m Rob Wijnberg, founding editor of The Correspondent, a journalism platform for unbreaking news. AMA!
Hi Reddit! I’m the founding editor of https://thecorrespondent.com/, an ad-free, member-funded journalism platform that wants to change what news is about, how it’s made, and how it’s funded. I loved talking to you all today. Thank you for the great questions, I'm signing off now!
If you enjoyed our conversation, I hope you'll consider becoming a founding member: https://thecorrespondent.com/join
The Correspondent is an ad-free, member-funded journalism platform for unbreaking news that tries to help you understand the underlying forces that shape our world.
In my AMA, I’m excited to talk about why real news is a bigger problem than fake news; why The Correspondent will reject the notion of journalistic objectivity; why we’re letting people Choose What The Pay for The Correspondent; why journalism should be guided by the idea of progress; why all my journalistic heroes are comedians rather than reporters; and anything else you want to ask me!
News as we know it leaves us cynical, divided, and less informed; a reliance on advertising revenue means news organizations prioritize the needs of advertisers over the needs of readers; and all-too-often the news talks to you, rather than with you.
The Correspondent will flip that script. We’re trying to raise $2.5m from as many founding members as possible to launch a new platform that won’t cover the news as we know it, but instead provide smart coverage of structural, long-term developments that shape the world around us, and we’ll collaborate with our members at every step of a story’s production (we’ve been doing this successfully, with 60,000 members, in The Netherlands for the last 5 years).
We’re in the middle of a 30-day campaign to find founding members from around the world who can help us get this off the ground. More than 33,000 founding members have joined our cause in the last three weeks — raising more than $1,9 million. And we also have more than 100 ambassadors who back our mission such as Nate Silver, Jimmy Wales, Rosanne Cash, Jay Rosen, Esther Dyson, Judd Apatow, Baratunde Thurston, Cameron Russell, Beau Willimon, and DeRay Mckesson.