Journalism startup raises business model questions, $1.7M in crowdfunding

Unbeknownst to most American news consumers, an online journalism startup in Holland known as De Correspondent launched a fund raising campaign on national television and made over $1.7 million in over a week.

The two masterminds behind this startup aren’t news rookies either. Rob Wijnberg is the former editor-in-chief of one of the country’s leading national daily newspapers. His partner Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former editor of the NRC Handelsblad website, the very same newspaper Wijnberg oversaw.

This is basically watching “the homepage editor and the managing editor of the New York Times starting their own online magazine — and launching the crowdfunding project on Oprah, with Glenn Greenwald sitting by their side”, to quote Ingram.


The notion of sensationalism perpetuating mass shootings

First and foremost, my condolences go to those dealing with the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. I always speak to my family and friends after these events because it’s frightening to never know when these thing could occur.

News coverage on mass shootings often raise questions of how the media impacts society, regardless of whether terrorism or some other terrible agitation reveals itself as the cause.

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Mandela’s Passing: How will you remember him?

With Keller’s stellar obit in mind, many mourn over the former South African president’s death, but Nelson Mandela’s immortal legacy remains.

Those like myself born after or too young to recall his leadership to end apartheid rely on history to inform us of his deeds. But let’s realize that the man media is honoring wasn’t always warmly received by everyone.

Mandela was quite the troublemaker in his younger years — pun intended — and even today many reflect on the younger Mandela’s mindset.

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Perspectives on race and film from some of today’s intellectuals

“Race has always been one of the great subjects of film, of course. The beginning of movies as we have come to know them was 1915’s The Birth of a Nation, a sentimental celebration of the origin of the Ku Klux Klan. The white perspective on the history of slavery, in classics like Gone with the Wind, focused exclusively on the gallantry, the idealism, and the romance supported by brute slave labor. It took the civil-rights movement to provide an African-American counter-narrative — most famously Roots, which revealed the barbaric cruelty underlying all that charm.”

-Esquire’s Stephen Marche in “How Did Racism Get So Popular

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