The Correspondent will stop publishing

The Correspondent will stop publishing on 1 January 2021. Over the past few years, with support from the Democracy and Media Foundation (DMF), the founders of the successful Dutch-language De Correspondent investigated whether the ad-free membership model of De Correspondent could also be successful on the English-speaking market. Please see The Correspondent’s announcement on the decision to discontinue here.

DMF invests in critical, independent media. Innovation is indispensable for a vital media landscape. Daring to invest in innovative ideas and experiments that are in line with its mission and objectives is important to DMF, especially in a media landscape in which reader trust is declining and traditional revenue models are under pressure. De Correspondent’s journalistic principles and its promising ad-free membership model generated a broad interest in the potential of this platform outside the Netherlands. DMF saw a unique opportunity to pioneer this model in a transnational context by supporting The Correspondent.

DMF regrets the recent developments and conclusions for the English-language journalistic platform. In the coming period, The Correspondent will work towards winding down The Correspondent in a responsible way, for members, employees and other stakeholders. Remaining membership fees will be reimbursed, and employees of The Correspondent will be appropriately compensated. The Democracy and Media Foundation is a priority shareholder in both The Correspondent and De Correspondent. The two companies are two separate legal entities.