Kooperativer Journalismus: Deca macht einen auf Magnum

Preisgekrönte Journalisten schließen sich zusammen, um kooperativ lange Geschichten zu erzählen. Interessant sind die Verteilung der Einnahmen – und die technischen Probleme.

Preisgekrönte Journalisten tun sich zu einer Kooperative zusammen, nennen sich Deca und veröffentlichen Longform-Journalismus. Für 15 US-Dollar gibt es mindestens zehn Geschichten im Jahr, der monetäre Grundstock von kam durch Crowdfunding. Hört sich schon ziemlich toll an.

Forbes schreibt:

Meet Deca, a new long-form journalism cooperative made up of nine award-winning, best-seller-writing, globally-scattered freelance journalists. Deca is not a publication; it is a brand, a network, a collaboration, a publishing platform.

Neben dem Abo, können die Texte auch einzeln gekauft werden. Interessant ist, wie die Einnahmen aufgeteilt werden.

It will be in Deca’s best interests to promote its stories, of course, but a story’s writer and editor will undoubtedly feel the urgency most because of the group’s unique payment structure: For every single sold, the writer gets 70%, the editor gets 5%, and the remaining 25% goes back to Deca (along with all donations and subscriptions) to be spread among operating costs, the salaries of the copyeditor and fact-checker, paying writers for at least half of their travel expenses, and, if anything’s left, back to the cooperative members. (…)

If some stories do better than others, though, Deca will take a cue from Hollywood. Its plan to spread any leftover revenue from stories among Deca members is supposed to mimic the blockbuster phenomenon.

Leider klappt es technisch nicht ganz, es scheint Probleme mit dem Login zu geben, wie Johannes Kleske auf Medium schreibt:

We are seeing this again and again: promising new approaches to journalism that get caught up in technical difficulties. Journalists obviously focus on the journalistic part of their work. If they are progressive, they also have a good understanding of the business side of things.
But now, there’s this layer that influences every aspect of a journalism company: the technology. From researching stories to the editorial process (writing, editing, fact-checking, versions management) to delivery via content-management systems and printing infrastructure to digital payment in apps and for subscriptions to communication with colleagues and readers etc. The need for these technologies is not new. But the options and with them the opportunities have exploded. The easiest solution is to outsource most of these aspects to external vendors. But Deca just learned how frustrating this can be.

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