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Rethinking German explainer journalism: launching and failing an online news startup

Scheme
Loosely based on the project Publishing Perspectives, Alex and I decided to develop a product that solves the lack of context found in online news. Positioned between Wikipedia and Vox.com, we wanted to bring explainer journalism to Germany.
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By talking to people from Neue Züricher Zeitung, Zeit Online, Krautreporter (some of which have since introduced similar features), we step by step refined the concept.
After writing a financial forecast and establishing an advisory board, we applied for programs such as the DPA‘s New Media Accelerator or Google‘s DNI Fund.
Christian at Hacks/Hackers Google event in Berlin, 2015 Hacks/Hackers Google event in Berlin, 2015
Although no funds were granted and the whole enterprise may be considered a failure, I learnt a tremendous amout about connecting with people, startup dynamics and team management in a very short span of time. And I would do it again, no doubt.