The criteria we use for putting particular information sources on jrnal.
“Damn, that’s brilliant!” That was my reaction when I discovered the jrnal project. As a journalist, I’m obviously worried about the sector’s financial problems and applaud when people say, “Well, yes, information has a price”. And it feels so obvious! As an avid reader, I was waiting for this — a simple, beautiful, practical tool to read a lot of articles in the same place.
Because that’s what jrnal is: The opportunity to access, on a single platform, more than fifty quality publications, from well-known to obscure yet awesome media. The Guardian, The Economist, So Foot, Society, Socialter, Charles, Ubikwist, The Carton… All accessible with a single subscription and without any fucking pdfs (because, yes, that’s also part of what hooked me, that the pdf format has been banned).
On the other hand, one or two things in the project were bothering me. I quickly understood, since it was written (here
) that all media, all types of content, would not have their place on jrnal. That there would be a kind of selection or even a curation process. And that that would even be a strength of the platform! So I asked them, “But who are you guys that I should trust you on what I should read?” Or more elegantly put, “What are your selection criteria?” A number of discussions and decisions came out of those questions.Like writing down a list of criteria.
What we are doing:
- The media available on jrnal are united in that they deserve to be read and known no matter your tastes, passions and political opinions.
- They practice journalism, not communication. The information published is the result of field work, research, surveys. The facts are verified, the sources are cross-referenced. This work is done by free, independent journalists.
- Writing based on opinion or a particular bias is labelled as such. The opinions are neither insulting nor defamatory, they respect the framework set by shared principles of freedom of the press.
- Aesthetics matter: the quality of the writing, the image, the graphics, the sounds all have their importance. In other words, the editorial power is complemented by a clear and inspiring visual identity.
- They offer an original, singular and unique point of view, whether it’s focused on fisheries, social issues, feminism or diplomacy.
- Gathered on the same platform, these media form a coherent galaxy, making it possible to traverse the left-right spectrum, to obtain hot and cold information, pure news as well as great reporting, on themes as diverse as Turkish gastronomy and the environment. Our spectrum is wide.
But we must admit that these criteria are demanding and that our ambitions imply having human resources. Even better, that they imply the eyes of experts. That would be especially needed if we want to go further with the project and let you discover the golden nuggets, a selection of surprising articles, content that makes you leave your comfort zone or your reading habits…
That’s why I proposed that an editorial committee be created as soon as possible: a group of journalists and intellectuals whose fields of expertise bring added value to jrnal. The group should be intergenerational and reflect the image of the various political sensibilities that drive the general public The goal? To decide collectively on the selection of media available on jrnal, update it continuously, watch over the new press initiatives that emerge… To be a living project! So stay tuned. Moreover, if you have any suggestions, do not hesitate, they are always welcome.