INFORM, NOT NOTIFY
Welcome to The Charta, a slow news outlet that originated from a desire to change the current state of journalism.
A regular newsreader with broad interests, I have observed that as everyone has eased into this culture of instantaneous everything, journalism has partly sold out to it. We have become lazy consumers. We want everything, right here, right now!
There is so much out there, too much to process. Sensationalism has taken over; it seems to be the only way to get the readers’ attention. Algorithms and, as a result, the media are giving people what they want to hear. This is against the very nature of journalism, which is to tell people what they should know.
Quality is lost, and so is respect for the reader and sometimes for the subject of the story. The media is just as guilty as we are of this. We want to know everything about everything, which only results in a superficial grasp of what is really happening in the world.
We live in extraordinary times: all is at our fingertips. This means we have little excuse to be ignorant but also a responsibility to filter this data and understand it.
The Charta is built on the idea of making sense of the news. You can hear about an event on Twitter and be aware of it, and it is quite important. You will probably read an article online for a quick overview of what seems to have happened. Yet, you cannot possibly hope to have a full understanding of this event that way, and even less so for bigger picture events.
The two weeks’ liveline The Charta lives by is there for us to have a real understanding of the story before we write about it and publish the story. The core concept is partly based on the idea that if you are going to read one article about an issue, it should be ours. Our timeline concept is there to provide consistent reporting on long running events, things that the media seems to forget as soon as something else happens.
We have all heard that the media is not doing too well. No wonder. Most outlets are competing on the same level: free-online-instant-news, begging for your clicks. We are the alternative: we want to deliver timely and relevant articles that have an impact and help you truly understand an issue. We want to go back to the roots of journalism, where publishing a story is about shedding light on an issue, not about click through rates.
So please, if you believe that the news needs a change and you want to see it happen, consider backing us on Kickstarter and share this project with everybody you know!
We very much look forward to this and hope you do too,
Charles-Édouard van de Put