Deca takes its cue from photo cooperatives like VII, Noor, and especially Magnum, a member-owned agency that changed the rules of photojournalism in the 1940s and 1950s. Magnum’s founders, including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, took advantage of the technological shifts of the time—portable 35mm cameras and fast, cheap film processing—to strike out on their own, covering the stories they felt were most important.
Today, journalism faces another dramatic era of change. Tablets and smartphones are replacing print books and newspapers, becoming the methods by which established journalists can bring their stories directly to readers. These shifts—and the great photo co-ops of yesterday and today—are the inspiration for Deca.
Deca’s members have authored acclaimed books and magazine articles in such outlets as Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Time, Science, Rolling Stone, GQ, National Geographic, Outside, Mother Jones, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times Magazine.
Our members include Pulitzer Prize, National Magazine Award, Livingston Award, PEN Literary Award, Kurt Schork Award, George Polk Award, Frontline Club, and Los Angeles Book Prize winners and finalists.
We are based in London, Beirut, Rome, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Collectively, we have reported from more than a hundred countries and every continent but Antarctica.
Each Deca story, a nonfiction piece about the world that’s something in between a long article and a short book, is written by one member, edited by another, and approved by a majority of the rest. Through partnerships with magazines and newspapers worldwide, globally distributed ebooks, and direct publishing to social networks and multiple digital platforms, we bring these stories to readers wherever they already are. We ride the currents of the latest technologies while remaining deeply traditional in our values: Reporting is our only product.
Every year starting in 2016, Deca’s journalists will select a single topic vital to the world and make a combined effort to bring it into better focus, producing a collection of deeply reported, original investigations designed to make an impact.
This website is our network’s hub, where dedicated readers can find stories at their source, and where backers can read ad-free while supporting Deca’s reporting with tips, comments, and donations. Our work is also found on Amazon as Kindle Singles, in our iOS app, distributed natively across Facebook, Medium, Apple News, Flipboard, and Tumblr, and in the pages of print partners across the globe. We use these same platforms to amplify stories—our own and those of other writers—that were first published elsewhere and demand a wider audience. Deca is supported by our readers. Join us.