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Dear reader,

 

Welcome to The Charta, a website for everyone who wants to read journalism pursued “at the right speed”.

 

As a journalism student, being on top of the news for me was becoming more like a chore rather than a pleasure. I felt like the obsession with being on top of every single event before anyone else was emptying current affairs of interest, pleasure and understanding. I felt like I didn’t read to understand: I just read to be as informed as the average man on the street.

 

Working towards The Charta has been a breath of fresh air. To me, The Charta is more than a website: with the readers’ help, I want to create a new online reading experience.

 

I want The Charta to be a tool to help readers figure out what’s going on in the world without the side effects - the rushed confusion you get while getting too many updates in a few seconds, the feeling of reading a running breaking news order you can never stay on top of.

 

This is why The Charta publishes stories that are two weeks older than what you can see on other information outlets.

 

Even though we’re all on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and what have you, this doesn’t have to mean we cannot take a step back and consider the meaning of what we’ve just read. By sticking to our two weeks’ liveline, The Charta will present you with a slightly unconventional take on relevant world events, later than the minute they became “breaking news”.

 

On The Charta you won’t see the latest news developments taken out of context and stripped out of their meaning. On the contrary: you will see a clear, open-minded distinction between opinion and fact.

 

You will find timelines, recaps, chronological accounts of events that don’t make sense if split in small parts, like Italian politics after Mr Berlusconi’s fall in 2011 or the issue of empathy while reporting disasters.

 

What we will try to give you is a tool to make sense of what’s going on in the world, two weeks later. Here, we are offering you a sneak peek to what our website will look like.

 

We are aware that we will not be able to report on all the stories we want from day one, so we will hunt down what’s out there to refer you to the best news we can find.

 

The Charta is a very ambitious project: it will not deliver if we don’t give you our absolute best. This is why we need your help. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and share our Kickstarter campaign with everyone you think will believe in us.

 

By backing The Charta, you don’t only become our readers: you become our partners. We want to hear your feedback and your ideas for us to grow and give you the best online reading experience you can find.

 

We look forward to working with you,

 

Carolina Are

 

by C. Are

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