Nicaragua Dispatch to become crowdsource news site

Fundraiser will pay for site overhaul and relaunch

Dear Gentle Reader, 

When The Nicaragua Dispatch tried to sign off last July, the outpouring of public support for the webpage was both touching and inspiring. It was clear to sign to me that the site couldn’t disappear without a fight; you wouldn’t let it go gentle into that good night. 

Responding to the continued thirst for news, Nicaragua Dispatch resumed an irregular publishing schedule a few months ago. It’s been the best I can do under the circumstances. But for The Nicaragua Dispatch to make a full recovery, I need your help. 

Over the next several weeks, I want go under the hood to overhaul the website and relaunch it as Central America’s first crowdsourced news site. The Nicaragua Dispatch is going to put you, our readers, in charge of keeping the conversation going. 

The Nicaragua Dispatch will be the first media company of its kind to hand over the reins to its readers. And who better to take over? You guys are the ones who made this site a success in the first place. I’m not leaving, but I don’t want to hog the conch either. It’s time to hear what others have to say. 

As the Sandinista government pushes Nicaragua’s weakling constitution off the jungle gym to impose bully rule on the playground, The Nicaragua Dispatch is inviting everyone to gather at the sandbox. This project has as much to do with free speech as it does with journalism. The only wrong answer is silence. 

Under the crowdsource model, your stories, insights, snapshots and opinions will become the new building blocks of The Nicaragua Dispatch. And what you say about Nicaragua will be read around the world. 

This is your chance to help change the narrative for Nicaragua. If you think Nicaragua has image problem (hint: it does), this will be your chance to become part of the solution. Join the conversation––in English or Spanish––and help Nicaragua tell a new story. 

Once we reach our fundraising goal to pay for the website’s overhaul, The Nicaragua Dispatch will allow anyone and everyone to publish their blogs and social media content directly onto the site via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The new site will also feature an open community forum and events calendar to stay connected with other readers.

Clear norms will establish the type of content that can be published and what’s prohibited. We want to encourage conversation, not chaos. 

It might sound like I am giving you a lot of homework, but here’s the good news: you’re already doing it. You guys are proven. Over the past two years, hundreds of you have written guest blogs for The Nicaragua Dispatch, and thousands of others have commented on those blogs. Now I want to give you the architecture you need to take your participation to the next level. 

Help us meet our fundraising goal and then join the conversation. Nicaragua is changing––help us tell her story.

Click here to support The Nicaragua Dispatch. 

El pueblo, periodista! 

Tim

 

  • car

    fantastic! i’m in!

  • Maurits

    I hope you will maintain some editorial influence to prevent it from turning into one of those sites where people only yell at eachother about corrupt communists or dirty capitalists. This wouldn’t add any value and there are too many of those around already.

    • Tim Rogers

      yes there will be norms and guidelines — the idea is to promote conversation, not chaos

  • PM

    Im concerned that you underestimate the time required to edit content.

  • Julio

    Great, Tim! I´m ready!

  • Ken

    I was shocked and saddened when you threatened to fold ND, since IMO it is extremely important as well as very well done. I realize though that you need a different business model to make it work, so I’m rooting for this change to help.

    El pueblo reader

    • Tim Rogers

      Thanks Ken, I hope you’ll contribute blogs to the site once we are up and running. Many of your comments could be stand alone blogs as is

  • http://www.centrodejusticia.org Ulysses Jaen

    I can help bring a perspective from Nicaraguans abroad and the immigrant experience as well as that of a small business man invested in Nicaragua. Let me know if you like to add my contributions and I will set personal time aside for the benefit of this amazing country, her adopted children from abroad and its’ people.

    • Tim Rogers

      Sounds good, Ulysses. I am glad to hear you want to contribute articles. Please do! We aim to be up and running by January

  • Randy Power

    Excellent! I am very excited to read the news, and like many others by now, donated to show my support for this fantastic resource. Tim, thank you for continuing to pursue ways to make ND work as a business while not compromising the integrity of the news. You have responded to the outcry of your readers (and now writers) and I wish you and ND great success. Please continue to write as well, as much as you are able.

  • Pedro Arauz

    Great Tim!
    Also the underground paper to the new Contra against the current SOB disctator Ortega and friends.
    Though…. I think, same as everything is exactly coming back to life, the same 3 tendencies that kicked the last Somoza our. Soon we will see some necessary terrorist activity just like this morning in Russia against Putin. Israel is ready and Mr.Obama is leaving the Tea Party an open door. Well, Ortega had to become a president by force as he doesn’t have the brains to become one by acceptance. Thanks Tim!

  • http://www.facebook.com/indio.jones.O Indio Jones

    I don’t know if it will work but journalism is an act, so I will act my part. I represent the Southwest region, with focus on the coastal highway to the frontera. Eager to meet constituents.