Take a journey through the very best of our stories, visual journalism, podcasts, and insights from members and experts, shaped around the themes that truly define us.

I’ll explain each section as we go, but first: learn how member-funded, independent journalism can make tomorrow’s world better than today’s from managing editor Eliza Anyangwe and founding editor Rob Wijnberg.


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Opening up the fourth estate

Why and how we do journalism with you, not just for you

"Our journalism doesn’t just begin and end with the published article. We’re in constant conversation with people on the platform who want to share the things that they know about," says conversation editor Nabeelah Shabbir.

Members are at the centre of our journalism, from the very beginning, until long after a story is published. They’re a huge source of knowledge, our strongest critics, and our biggest fans. Here’s how we do journalism with you:

Here’s how our correspondents make their journalism more collaborative “If you want to expose not just the incidents that make the news, but also the structures that give rise to them, you need the help of the people who live those realities on a daily basis.” Rob Wijnberg Sanity correspondent Tanmoy Goswami explains how member insights and guidance help shape his work as a correspondent covering mental health When I started covering #mentalhealth for
@The_Corres, it didn’t take me long to choose what I wanted to kick off with: Guilt. Shame. Forgiveness. Stuff that I was grappling with in my own head.

This year, I’m taking cues from readers. This is what they want me to write about. 1/
Tanmoy Goswami
If you want to find good journalism backed by its community, you should consider checking out @The_Corres. Quality writing and stories that create positive ripples for us all. Jaime Arredondo @jaimeyann on twitter Congrats! I love love the work you put in and the refreshing feeling after reading your journalism. You could pick any piece ! Rosebell Kagumire @RosebellK on Twitter It’s hard to do generative narratives, and harder to make them go viral. Keep going, you’re all a doing a brilliant job 👏🏻 Ⓕelipe Viveros @theworldweare on Twitter Welcome to the Member Quarterly “Think of this as member support’s public notebook of what interacting with members has achieved so far.”

Member support manager Carmen Schaack shows how members have helped shape our journalism and ethos.
Carmen Schaack
Let’s get our v-words right! And other lessons members have taught me First 1,000 Days correspondent Irene Caselli shares three important lessons members have taught her while she’s been covering her beat. Irene Caselli Sapiens: groundbreakingly original in the history it tells, predictably disappointing in the history it leaves out “Does this history have room for a queer African female human?”

In her online book club, The Other Shelf, Othering correspondent OluTimehin Adegbeye discusses with members the books that inform her journalism.
OluTimehin Adegbeye
An image of men walking across a busy street, with tall buildings in the background. Why the name of your street is a sign of the times – and what to do about it These images from the series Museum of the Revolution (Guy Tillim / VU Agency) show Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. Under British colonial rule, the street was called Lord Delamere Avenue, in honour of a British colonial administrator. Following independence in 1963, the street was renamed after the independence leader, ‘Mzee’ Jomo Kenyatta.

Members shared their own street names and signs that were a sign of the times – colonial or otherwise – under this article by Everyday Colonialism correspondent, Elliot Ross.
Elliot Ross

Modern dilemmas

Asking and finding answers for some of the biggest questions of our time

Think again!

Looking beyond the headlines to reveal the ways the world really works

News is mostly about what happens today, but rarely about what happens every day. It covers the most sensational exceptions, leaving you uninformed about the rules that govern our world and lives. We’re redefining what news is about, by shifting the focus to the foundational and uncovering the stories beyond the headlines.

Our wondrous world

A look at the highs and lows of living on planet Earth

Our problems don’t stop at borders so why should our journalism? Eliza Anyangwe and Rob Wijnberg Illustration of a bird in flight with a red beak, blue wings, and black body, against a pale yellow background. The bird appears as a series of strokes, rather than as a full image Now listen, really listen: the pristine sounds of nature can change your life Zeno Siemens-Brega and Jacco Prantl Human milk is the first intelligent superfood. We need to know the science of this medicinal marvel “The science of what happens between boob and baby is fundamental. An astonishing – though little understood – product of human evolution. It’s in the interests of humankind, of our species, to respect this interaction.” Irene Caselli 98% of insects have a PR problem. And that’s bad news for all of us We’re taught to care about animals like these: 🐶 🐱 🐼, but not the heroic ant 🐜, who cleans up the equivalent of 60,000 hot dogs off the streets of Manhattan every year, or the majestic dung beetle, without whom, large swathes of Australian grassland would be covered in poop💩 4/ Tamar Stelling Illustration with three human figures carrying a long wooden stick which becomes an apple trees. On the back ground a city landscape and on the right a natural landscape. Mutual aid is sweeping the world. Here’s how we make this anarchist way of organising last Michelle Pereira illustrated the series Building Back Better, by journalist Zoe Smith, starting with this essay on mutual aid and its anarchist roots in Argentina. Illustrators read along as the series develops, drawing inspiration from the main themes within the journalism and adding depth to the journalist’s work. Zoe Smith Knowing our ‘mad’ ancestors: why it’s time to look again at mental illness in history Collage artist Lynn Brouwer depicted “madness” through collage alongside journalist Anne Thériault’s series on searching for depictions of "madness" throughout history. Anne Thériault

Speaking truth to power

No system is permanent. Here’s what challenging them can look like

Tomorrow’s world can be better than today’s – and journalism can be part of that change. By telling stories about those who speak truth to power, we can progress.

The story of us

The good, the bad, and the downright mind-boggling experiences of being human

Are there any creatures on this Earth as perplexing as human beings? Our journalism seeks to uncover the foundations of the societies we shape and share in order to discover what unites us, what divides us, and what it all means.

Here’s a look at who we are, in all our complexity.

Screenshot of a video of a man and a woman sitting on stools, talking with cards in their hands. A blue and a pink background in the back, with a visible stand. What in the world is transnational, collaborative, constructive journalism? We do things a little differently at The Correspondent, so founding editor Rob Wijnberg and managing editor Eliza Anyangwe sat down to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our journalism and principles. Rob Wijnberg and Eliza Anyangwe How we turned into batteries (and the economy forces us to recharge) “For that, of course, is the great irony of the human-as-battery metaphor: we must take time to recharge in order to avoid burning out so that we can work longer, harder, and more efficiently in service of the very system that is draining us.” Lynn Berger The curious tale of the football international nobody ever heard of (because he was born in the wrong month) “Steve had always told Jamie that he was a late bloomer; that his chances would come; that he had to be patient. He didn’t tell Jamie what he actually thought: that the system discriminated against him.”
Michiel de Hoog
Here’s a radical idea that will change policing, transform prisons and reduce crime: treat criminals like human beings “In Norway, where 40% of prison guards are women, all guards complete a two-year training programme: they’re taught that it’s better to make friends with inmates than to patronise and humiliate them.” Rutger Bregman Kneading sanity and stability: why bread broke the internet “It is poetic, and perfectly awful, and maybe inevitable that right now, as civilisation itself – schools and businesses and supply chains and geopolitics – grinds to a halt in the face of a worldwide pandemic, that humanity would turn once again to the grain that made civilisation possible.” Emily Dreyfuss Trapping ghosts: photographs don’t lock us to loss, they remind us to live “A photograph is the evidence of our determined and futile attempts to defy time, to always be here and there, to be alive.” Maaza Mengiste Thinking again about civility. Why are some folks more angered say by looting than they are by police brutality? Eliza Anyangwe @ElizaTalks on Twitter Science shows forgiveness really is a medicine What does forgiveness look like? For her series Anatomy of Forgiveness (2014), Croatia-born photographer Lana Mesić photographed victims and perpetrators of the genocide that took place over 20 years ago in Rwanda. The resulting portraits show how discomfort, anger and sadness can live alongside the act of forgiving. (Lise Sraatsma, image editor) Tanmoy Goswami

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