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De Correspondent and IMMRS: reorganizing online journalism through files

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In this Meetup we will discuss the plans of two Dutch start-ups: De Correspondent and IMMRS. Both aim to reorganize online journalism around 'dossiers' (files), in which existing articles are brought together in a meaningful way.

De Correspondent ( started a year ago as a crowdfunded online publication with high quality journalism. In January, De Correspondent announced ( it will reorganize the current platform through files, which will be put together by editors, but also through crowdsourcing.

IMMRS ( is working on "a slow reader for news related, personal questions. Editors create files by selecting a set of articles from different newspapers (Parool, Volkskrant, Telegraaf and others), and adding some "editorial glue” to make a file that provides overview, context and surprise." The start-up is currently running its first pilot. You can sign up here (


The program

First, publisher of De Correspondent Ernst-Jan Pfauth ( will talk about the lessons he learned during the first year of running De Correspondent, and about the technical and journalistic implications of the new approach.

Next, Dimitri Tokmetzis (, journalist at De Correspondent, will talk about the ways De Correspondent learns from and collaborates with its readers.

Finally, Frank Borgonjen (, technical project manager and software developer at IMMRS, will talk about the current pilot project of IMMRS and the technical challenges in generating files out of a large number of articles. His dream is to create personalized files based on user actions and (automatically determined) preferences.

Please join us for this very special event on the brink of tech and media.

Location: Silk, Spuistraat 239-3, 1012 VP Amsterdam

Time: Wednesday, February 18

6:00 to 6.30 p.m. - Mingling

6.30 to 7.30 p.m. Talks and Q&A


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