Amsterdam, Netherlands - Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant is launching partner of startup Scrollytelling. Founded by two Amsterdam natives, their goal is to enable and improve online storytelling for more people than ever thought possible. de Volkskrant is committed to publishing many multimedia stories through the platform. The stories will be free to read. The first one, Dagboek van een vluchteling (lit.: Diary of a refugee) has been published today.
As one of the major newspapers in the country, de Volkskrant wants to be at the forefront of publishing technology. The committment means that the very first story published via Scrollytelling already promises to become a very popular one. The de Volkskrant Scrollytellings are managed by the editorial photography department. Photos do play a large role, however text and video are used in abundance too. In practice a multidisciplinary editorial desk will oversee the publications.
Scrollytelling combines their independent, asking-the-right-questions editorial power with their reliable and easy to use internet application. The very real, and very powerful indeed, editorial power of de Volkskrant notwithstanding, online scrollytellings have certain strengths and weaknesses. Scrollytelling knows these like no other and proactively engages editors, and in most cases is given the all-clear to go in and make the improvements directly.
Being image-focused, Scrollytelling has taken measures to make all images available all over planet Earth. Readers in Australia won’t have to request any image using the anemic transoceanic cables; Scrollytelling has already copied all images to the continent in bulk and this is what locals are served automatically. In addition, Scrollytelling have utilized the best technical solutions currently on the market, such as HTTP/2 and a distributed, failsafe hosting environment.
About de Volkskrant
de Volkskrant (English: the People’s Paper) is a Dutch daily morning newspaper. It was founded in 1919 and it currently has a circulation of approximately 250,000 nationwide. Formerly a leading centre-left Catholic broadsheet, de Volkskrant today is a medium-sized centrist compact. Philippe Remarque is the current editor-in-chief.
Scrollytelling enables storytellers to create online stories. We do this using our Software-as-a-Service which is offered in the form of a subscription. To our customers, we offer unprovoked editorial feedback, ensuring all stories are told in the most appealing way.
The company launched in January 2016. Its founders Martijn van Tol and Joost Baaij are an unstoppable internet storytelling engine. Or a tank, maybe. Since launch, we have reached over 3 million souls worldwide. On average, one story is created every day. Most stories have images, words and video and a great many have background audio tracks too. The only limit is in the imagination of the storyteller. Visit the contact page if you want to reach out to us.