03. launch a journalism collaborative

The internet, and the digital age we live in, is great isn’t it? It means you can create content and publish it fast, cheap and without fear of failure. The same applies to business, which is why setting up your own journalism business is so easy it’s almost stupid not to give it a go yourself.

Launching a journalism collaborative is a really effective way of doing this because it keeps the costs – and the risks – to an absolute minimum. Think of it as your average start-up, except it has no employees, no red tape…it doesn’t even have an office.

Every journalist within the collaborative is hired as a freelancer, on a commission-by-commission basis. Think it sounds strange? Web designers and graphic designers have been working like this for years – why can’t journalists apply the same principles?

Launching your own journalism collaborative…

gives you the opportunity to do the type of journalism you love most — for money

lets you start a business in a flexible and less-risky way

allows you to share the risk of launching a business with others and share the profits

is easy to bootstrap

Collaboratives aren’t anything new in one sense. In fact the collaboratives that already exist are known for setting the standard in their fields. Take the most famous one – Magnum Photography: a collaborative of young innovative photojournalists who re-wrote the rules of the game in the mid 20th century.

The industry is crying out for a new Magnum. An agency of talented journalists who are in it to rewrite the rules and produce epic shit. Could that be you and your collaborators?

In the ebook…

…I have combined this concept with a new work philosophy called Noded working, something which has never been done before. Set up by two Swedish web designers it is a system which allows them to collaborate with the best in their field no matter where they are in the world. You will find out more about how this system works and how it can be applied to modern journalism. You’ll also get practical step-by-step advice on how to set up a collaborative from scratch and the pitfalls to avoid.

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