Cooperative journalism startups are all the rage these days, and Nov. 6, NYU’s journalism program will celebrate another one being added to the list. The concept behind global journalism cooperative Deca isn’t totally unique, but I like its chances of surviving mainly because it operates with a worldly point-of-view.
Writers for Deca are based in more than 90 countries and every continent. Their idea for entering the digital journalism sphere starts with solid, rich reporting, as it should, and they are selling Deca’s products to consumers via a $15 yearly subscription fee. At least ten times a year, Deca writers, which include National Magazine Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, will publish one piece of long narrative nonfiction. This is after a lengthy vetting process where the writer works with another Deca network member to edit the piece, respond to feedback and get the go-ahead from other Deca writers, too. The articles are longer than a magazine item but shorter than a book and will finally be available for purchase as e-singles.