About Correspondents of the World

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Global Issues Through Local Eyes

We are Correspondents of the World, an online platform where people from all over the world share their personal stories in relation to global development. We try to collect stories from people of all ages and genders, people with different social and religious backgrounds and people with all kinds of political opinions in order to get a fuller picture of what is going on behind the big news.

Our Correspondents

At Correspondents of the World we invite everyone to share their own story. This means we don't have professional writers or skilled interviewers. We believe that this approach offers a whole new perspective on topics we normally only read about in the news - if at all. If you would like to share your story, you can find more info here.

Share Your Story

Our Editors

We acknowledge that the stories we collect will necessarily be biased. But so is news. Believing in the power of the narrative, our growing team of awesome editors helps correspondents to make sure that their story is strictly about their personal experience - and let that speak for itself.

Become an Editor

Community Worldwide

With Correspondents of the World we do not just want to collect stories - we want to connect people. We believe that sharing personal experiences helps to better understand one another. We encourage interaction between writers and readers, and champion dialogue at eye level especially on topics that tend to turn toxic elsewhere on the web.

Our Community

Although we just started a few months ago, we already have a great community of people from all over the world. While face-to-face meetings are difficult at the moment, our Facebook Community Group is THE place to be to meet other people invested in Correspondents of the World. We are currently running a series of online-tea talks to get to know each other better.

Join Our Community

Our Translators

Speaking different languages can be a major factor in hindering good communication - or preventing interaction at all. We have a growing team of translators to allow correspondents to write in their own language, and then translate their stories into English. We also try to translate stories into as many different languages as possible to make them assessible to other language communities, too.

Help Us Translate

All Value And No Profit

Correspondents of the World is about people, not about money. And we mean that. So far, our core team are carrying the little expenses associated with running a website, and all our editors, translators, managers and correspondents are adding an immense value to the project every day without monetary compensation.

Our Organisation

We are registered as a non-profit in the Netherlands as Stichting Correspondents of the World (KvK Number 82491534, RSIN Number 862491356) and currently are in the process of being registered as a charity (Dutch: ANBI status).

You can download our official statutes here (Dutch: Statuten), or download our Beleidsplan 2022 or Hoofdlijnen Beleidsplan (an updated version of our policies). For an abridged English version, please check our Vision & Mission statements. If you have questions about Stichting Correspondents of the World, please feel free to contact Joost (chairman).

Our Finances

For now we run Correspondents of the World with the little pocket money needed to host a website, so we can give you free access to the stories we collect. And we plan to keep this free access to all our stories without annoying ad banners in the future too - so we'll have to figure out how to do so in a sustainable manner when our operating costs increase.

Vision

At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.

Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.

View Our Full Vision & Mission Statement

Team

What started with an idea and a design sketch for a website a little over a year ago now is becoming a proper platform. Everything we've achieved so far is due to the awesome team behind Correspondents of the World, thinking big, sharing their ideas and spending their free time to build a unique project. Our core team is the first port of call if you want to get into contact with Correspondents of the World, or if you have any questions about our project. We don't bite. Promise.

Joost

Joost Backer

Founder Global Coordination and Partnerships Contact Joost
Janosch

Janosch Haber

Co-Founder Website and Design Contact Janosch

Mira Kinn

Co-Founder Policy Coordination Contact Mira

Ingvild S. Farstad

Co-Founder Community Management Contact Ingvild
Tugce

Tuğçe Atacı

Co-Founder Contact Tuğçe
Melaina Dyck

Melaina Dyck

Senior Editor Contact Melaina
Veronica

Veronica Burgstaller

Translation Project Manager Contact Veronica

...and many more!

Behind the scenes, our team is much bigger, including regional ambassadors, editors, translators and other specialised roles. Meet our team

Growing Fast

Although we started just over a year ago, Correspondents of the World has a quickly growing community of correspondents - and a dedicated team of editors, translators and country managers.

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Correspondents

93

Stories

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Countries

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Translations

Share your story

Every story we share is another perspective on a complex topic like migration, gender and sexuality or liberation. We believe that these personal stories are important to better understand what's going on in our globalised society - and to better understand each other. That's because we are convinced that the more we understand about each other, the easier it will be for us to really talk to one another, to get closer - and to maybe find solutions for the issues that affect us all. 

Do you want to share your story? Then have a look here for more info.

Share Your Story

Contact

Correspondents of the World is as much a community as an online platform. Please feel free to contact us for whatever reason!

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Joost: +31 6 30273938