At the heart of The Correspondent is our founding document from 2013 – a manifesto of sorts – and these core principles have informed how we’ve built The Correspondent:
De Correspondent provides an antidote to the daily news grind
De Correspondent’s primary objective is to redefine the concept of news. We don’t simply parrot whatever grabs the most attention, we publish original work that provides the greatest insight. Our correspondents cover important developments in their area of interest, rather than speculating
about breaking news or the latest scare. Put another way, we don’t write about the weather, but about climate. We aim to uncover the underlying forces that shape our world.
De Correspondent challenges oversimplification and stereotyping
News tends to be dominated by sound bites, stereotypes, and clichés. De Correspondent challenges this oversimplification of ideas and perceptions, placing less emphasis on what is trending and more on what is truly relevant; taking the time for investigative pieces and creating a space for
alternative journalistic formats; ensuring transparency about our own journalistic choices and dilemmas; increasing attention to fact-checking; and regularly addressing the influence of other media in our own reporting. Our efforts to tackle clichés and stereotyping also extends to our
choices of images and illustrations.
De Correspondent is openly subjective
De Correspondent requires its correspondents to be engaged in the world they’re reporting on. That means we reject conventional journalism’s ideal of objectivity and have sworn off the classic reporting model of A says this, and B says that. Correspondents are fair and independent, yet
also explicitly subjective: They evaluate, to the best of their ability, which side of a story is most credible – and they exercise transparency regarding their judgments. Correspondents view the world from their own personal perspective and through the window of their particular
fascinations. As an organization, we have no common political ideology; as individuals, we do look at the world through a moral framework. So while De Correspondent does not have an opinion, each correspondent certainly does.
De Correspondent stands for constructive journalism
News tends to make people feel cynical and powerless: “So much is wrong with the world, and I can’t do a thing about it.” De Correspondent aims to counteract that effect with constructive journalism. This is a kind of journalism that not only brings problems and atrocities to our
attention, but also proposes solutions – and ways to be part of those solutions. Constructive journalism is not the same as “good news.” It’s journalism that strives both to hold up a mirror to our society and to get society moving. We do not shy away from initiatives specifically meant to
bring about societal change.
De Correspondent actively involves members in the journalistic process
De Correspondent does not simply broadcast information; it’s a platform where members can actively contribute to the journalistic process. Correspondents don’t see journalism as a one-way street, but rather as a dialogue between journalists and members, particularly those with professional
or personal expertise on a given topic. The point of that dialogue is to share knowledge and experience regarding key developments of our times. That’s why correspondents share their ideas for stories and invite feedback, keep members apprised of their research with newsletters and
notifications, and avail themselves of members’ expertise and experience to better their journalistic work.
De Correspondent is free of ads
De Correspondent is an ad-free platform. Disseminating messages (commercial or otherwise) for a fee is not permitted. Our business model is selling quality journalism to readers, not selling our readers out to advertisers. De Correspondent is, however, open to collaborating with
non-interested partners and funds whose investments contribute directly to our journalistic goals. Any such partnerships are subject to one non-negotiable condition: full editorial independence.
De Correspondent thinks in terms of like-minded individuals, not target groups
De Correspondent is not created to reach a specific group of people who just happen to belong to a particular demographic category (e.g. well-heeled readers between the ages of 25 and 40). In short, De Correspondent does not think in terms of target groups. De Correspondent instead speaks
of like minds. Anyone who subscribes to our journalistic principles and our vision, or who identifies with a given author and their worldview, is welcome to join. De Correspondent sees its readers not as a unanimous, amorphous group, but as curious, engaged individuals who cannot be
reduced to demographics.
De Correspondent is committed to an enduring relationship with members
De Correspondent simply would not exist without our members, and maintaining a sustainable relationship with them is our highest priority. De Correspondent does not try to lure new members with benefits that existing members don’t get. For the sake of editorial independence, members have
no say over journalistic content, but they can provide input regarding both the course set by De Correspondent and our investment policy. We continually take stock of member preferences, and we consult them when deciding on new investments.
De Correspondent does not strive to maximize profits
Although De Correspondent is a commercial, for-profit enterprise, we do not strive to maximize profits for shareholders. A profit ceiling has been stipulated in our statutes: Any profit distribution may not be greater than 5% of revenues. So at least 95% of revenue is reinvested in
journalism. This keeps De Correspondent from becoming hostage to short-term profit motives. Returns are dedicated to journalism – not the other way around.
De Correspondent strives for maximum diversity
Journalistic editorial boards tend to be whiter and culturally more one-sided than society as a whole. In order to change that, De Correspondent has adopted a diversity policy. Our goal is to become, as a journalistic platform, as diverse as possible, with many voices. We prefer to hire
people who make our organization more diverse in terms of cultural heritage, ethnicity, skin color, academic degree, sexual preference, and political orientation. Our conviction is that our organization will never be diverse enough. Diversity is not a target to reach; it is a continual
De Correspondent stands firm on the privacy of our members
our members, we apply the following criteria: 1) We collect only the data we are required by law to collect, or that is necessary for our platform to function correctly; 2) We do not sell this information to third parties; 3) Our reasons for collecting data must be explained clearly to our
members; and 4) Wherever possible, members must have control over their own data.
De Correspondent is ambitious in its ideals, yet modest in its claims
De Correspondent is, in part, the result of frustration with the commercial, hype-driven, and superficial reporting that presently dominates news coverage. But De Correspondent was not born of rancor. Where collaboration with newspapers, magazines, or broadcasting services is of value for
our mission, we will not spare those efforts. De Correspondent is not out to replace the current media landscape, but to enrich it.