The Tab is a platform for the most talented young journalists to report and write, professionally and independently.
We are a new kind of news network – a bottom-up organization that favours originality over rehashed content, reporting over lists, and realises that newspapers and TV networks suck so much at reporting on young people that young people now deserve to do it themselves.
Our coverage is run by young editors locally and backed up by our newsrooms in London and New York.
Founded at Cambridge University in 2009 by three students, we now have teams at more than 80 universities in America and the UK, as well as staff writers covering life in London. Tab reporters have broken national stories and write for some of the most engaged audiences in journalism.
Sometimes a relevant story is a funny photo, sometimes it’s a big campaign that saves lives. They aren’t all of equal value, but the fabric of a community depends on a variety of stories, reported by the community itself.
The world needs more of this kind of journalism. By teaching young people to report on their own worlds, we are resurrecting local news for a new age. If you want to be a political reporter, a commentator, or a foreign correspondent, you have to learn the practical skills of going out and talking to people.
In the UK, we hire our best editors. In New York, we expect our paid team of editors, developers and social media producers to number 50 by the end of next summer. Other Tab alumni are working for The Sunday Times, the Guardian, Reuters and the Daily Mail – and three of the four trainees at the Daily Telegraph this year were Tab editors.
We don’t have an agenda. Like the real world, The Tab is a chaotic platform for reporting and debate – one supported by a powerful tech division that spreads local stories to a huge audience.
What we are doing is new and it is ambitious – a powerful, grassroots network of reporters who care about originality and know the value of real journalism and having nothing off-limits.