The world, firsthand.

Deca, writers, journalists, collective, writing, journalism, digital longform, Kindle, cooperative, global, international, stories, narrative, Rania Abouzeid, Elizabeth Dickinson, Sonia Faleiro, Stephan Faris, McKenzie Funk, Vanessa Gezari, Marc Herman, Mara Hvistendahl, Delphine Schrank, and Tom Zoellner.

The world, firsthand.


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.

In 2015, 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, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Collectively, we have reported from more than 90 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. The stories are distributed as e-books through Amazon’s Kindle Singles program, in our app for iPads, iPhones, and iPods, in a Web app that runs on virtually any phone, tablet, or computer browser, and via partnerships with publications around the globe. These and other stories from Deca's writers can also be found on Flipboard, Apple News, Medium, Longform, and Facebook.

By eliminating the barriers separating writers and readers, we hope to make you a more important part of the storytelling process. We'd like to hear from you! Please leave feedback or explore how you can join us.