UnHerd.com is a new media platform with a double mission. Our aim is to appeal to people who instinctively refuse to follow the herd, and we also want to investigate ‘unheard’ ideas, individuals and communities. We focus our journalism on the significant events going on in the world, filtering out the distractions to give our readers what they really need to know.
We can’t criticise herd-like behaviour and be a herd ourselves. That’s why our team of contributors includes people from the Right and Left, for example. We publish both liberal and conservative dispositions; and those who believe in God, from atheists and everything in between. When we produce further reading sections at the end of articles, we’ll link to intelligent commentators, books, TED talks, websites etc etc that take different views to those of the article’s author. You should decide what you think – not us for you.
And we want to expand our ‘un-herd’. We launched with many established commentators as our key contributors, but one of my top priorities as Editor is to find new writers and we are inviting people to apply for editorial commissions by submitting examples of their work using this form.
We may look a lot like an online newspaper and we’ll be publishing new material each and every day… but we don’t do news. Not most news, anyway.
We will be largely focused on five themes: capitalism, technology, flyover country, religion, the media and – a more general, sixth theme – global affairs. When there’s big news about these themes, we’ll cover it but we’ll almost never be the first to react. Unlike nearly every media organisation, we don’t even have a television in our office – because breaking news is rarely important news.
Our mission is to help readers understand the big trends shaping our planet. Good political coverage should go beyond what’s overheard in Westminster or on Capitol Hill. And covering the economy should mean exploring the world beyond Wall Street and Davos.
Tim Montgomerie, Editor