The Correspondent is a new model of news organization that has been successful in Holland and is currently working on launching a worldwide English-languageversion. It has many interesting features, such as being ad- and sponsor-free, totally supported by membership fees (with members deciding how much they can afford), no paywalls–anything they produce is free for everyone, not just members.
One feature in particular may be of interest to Integral-minded folks: “Collectively, our readers know way more than we do about most of the stories we cover. That’s why The Correspondent does not simply broadcast information. When we cover something you know a lot about, we invite you to contribute your expertise and share your experience. That’s part of being a member. Correspondents share their story ideas and research questions from the start, inviting feedback from members to make our journalism better. We don’t see you as a mere news consumer, but as a knowledgeable contributor of expertise.”
For obvious reasons, the more Integral folk participating in this process, the better. Their reporters are required to spend a substantial amount of time (about 40% if I recall correctly) in dialog with members.
I’ve decided to become a founding member and signed up to support them. I love the idea of a news organization that is free from the distortions (and mental noise) of advertising. I love the idea of members supporting the creation of content that is not subsequently locked away behind paywalls. I’m hoping they will be highly successful and influence other organizations to adopt a similar model, which seems to me to be more in tune with our current technological infrastructure and what is needed in this historical moment.
They have 7 days to fully raise their funding goal to get started; if they succeed, they have a year to demonstrate the value of what they do. You can find out more at https://thecorrespondent.com/