Rob Wijnberg is a philosopher and publicist who, before founding De Correspondent, served as Editor-in-chief of nrc.next, a spin-off from NRC Handelsblad, the Netherlands’ premier daily national newspaper.
De Correspondent is author- rather than beat-centered, ad-free, and crowd-funded. It was launched in September 2013 after raising more than 1 Million Euros from 15,000 donors in just eight days time, setting a crowd-funding world record in journalism. In addition to offering high quality content, De Correspondent also aims to contribute, through experiment and experience, to journalism’s transition into the 21st Century ecology of news. De Correspondent was founded by Rob Wijnberg, former editor-in-chief of nrc.next, a nationally distributed daily newspaper in the Netherlands, with backing from such renowned journalists as Joris Luyendijk, of The Guardian; early praise from Alain de Botton and Jay Rosen; and in cooperation with co-founders Harald Dunnink and Sebastian Kersten of Momkai, a leading Amsterdam-based, digital studio. De Correspondent currently has an editorial staff of eleven full-time contributing, assistant, and photo/graphic editors; a network of fifteen contributing correspondents; a subscriber base of 30,000 and counting; and a physical home in the offices of A-Lab, a former Shell laboratory on the shores of the river IJ, in Amsterdam.