Lausanne, SWITZERLAND — A year ago, a longtime friend and one of the smartest people I know told me he was joining a startup media site as editor-in-chief. A million thoughts went through my head: “That’s amazing!”, “Wow, that’s risky!”, “What’s your angle?” But the strongest was, “How can I be a part of this?”
During the past 12 months I’ve written a handful of commentaries for NonDoc and watched it grow in breadth and scope. I’ve learned what it takes to keep a media site fresh, as well as the values and morals that make for “real” journalism people can trust.
Now, I have a chance to be an even bigger part of this cool little media machine. Building on my background in the printing/publishing world, I’m excited to join forces with the NonDoc editors as director of business development, working to bring in new writers, new readers and new advertisers.
Keeping the media machine free
Working alongside the dedicated journalistic minds, we devote our efforts to bringing interesting, thoughtful and original perspectives to NonDoc from a variety of sources and backgrounds. To that end, one of our new initiatives launched this month is the Writers’ Fund, created so we can pay correspondents to bring you the best journalism out there.
We think NonDoc should be available to anyone at anytime for free, regardless of financial situation. That’s why we don’t believe in subscriptions. However, freelance reporters strive to make a living just like the rest of us, and we’d like to be able to pay them for their work. Contributions from people like you help us pay those reporters who seek out interesting stories that affect diverse communities. Funds raised through the Writers’ Fund go to freelance reporters only, never to our operating expenses. That’s our promise.
As we move forward together, keep an eye out for other cool initiatives still to come. I’m looking forward to working with this great team and developing a solid media business of which we can all be proud.