Apps that fit journalism into busy lives

The editorial teams of De Correspondent and The Correspondent recognized that there were multiple demands on the time of their members. Reading in-depth stories can often be a challenge. To solve that problem, they wanted to offer members the ability to enjoy articles while doing other activities. An app is a far more pleasant way to listen to audio stories than via the website. Therefore, we set out to design the best member experience audio could offer. We were delighted to see our work recognized with a 2022 Red Dot Design Best of the Best Award.

Apps that safeguard members' privacy

With an owned app, the editorial teams were no longer solely reliant on third-party platforms, such as Soundcloud and Spotify. De Correspondent has a strong stance on data privacy, and with third-party platforms, that privacy couldn't be guaranteed. By designing an app, we created a way for journalists to offer members a privacy-friendly way to listen to articles.

An award-winning audio experience

In 2022, the app received a 2022 Red Dot Best of the Best Design Award. We were honored to see that our hard work on the experience, design, and strategy of the project was recognized.


Designed for iOS and Android, the app shows documentaries, collections, shows, and the stories you’ve recently listened to. When you click on a podcast, the player will open with a short description, a sharing button, a link to the text version, and the conversation that follows the story. Here members can ask questions to the correspondent or share knowledge. The story a member listens to will be visible in a mini-player at the bottom of the screen. It continues to play even if a member closes the app.

De Correspondent & Momkai

Collaborations:

Services:

  • Identity design
  • Art direction
  • Strategy
  • Motion design
  • Technical direction
  • Branding

Momkai's founder, Harald Dunnink, and its co-owner Sebastian Kersten are co-founders of De Correspondent and The Correspondent, the first ad-free, member-funded platforms for “unbreaking” news.

The Dutch campaign reached a record amount of members in 2013. In late 2018 the English-language platform followed. In just 30 days, the campaign raised $2.6M from 45,888 members in 130+ countries, setting a new world record in journalism crowdfunding.

For more information contact growth director Alex van Straaten via +31 6 29532859 or alex@momkai.com.

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