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piqd is your personal guide to great journalism.

Our team of curators makes up the heart of piqd. About 40 well-versed folks with backgrounds in media, science, politics and economics bring you an eclectic mix of inspiring texts every day. These recommendations we call piqs.

What's a piq?

About link

We don't just link. Our curators provide each recommendation with reviews, reflections and summaries.

About question

We always answer the question:

"Why is the recommended article worth the reader's time?"

About up down

How relevant was this recommendation? Let us and other readers know.

About speechbubbles

Members and curators comment on recommendations and link to even more relevant and insightful content.

Why do we do this?

We seek to contribute to a well-informed digital public sphere.

Our curators only filter really remarkable articles from the web. Like this we help relevant contents to reach a wider public. And you are provided with a wealth of articles worth reading - on a daily basis and without having to search for them.

Our curators

  • Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano
    Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano
    Communications Adviser for a European political party
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  • Melissa Hutsell
    Melissa Hutsell
    Freelance Writer and Editor
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  • Mo Sattar
    Mo Sattar
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  • Patricia Alonso
    Patricia Alonso

    Freelance journalist based in Istanbul. Keeping an eye on Turkish politics and development.

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  • Andrea Chu
    Andrea Chu
    Freelance Writer
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  • Emran Feroz
    Emran Feroz
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  • Vito Laterza
    Vito Laterza
    Anthropologist and political analyst
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  • Cristina Belda Font
    Cristina Belda Font
    Journalist specialising in economics and international relations
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  • Pamela Leiva Jacquelín
    Pamela Leiva Jacquelín
    Communicator specialising on indigenous issues
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  • Moritz Orendt
    Moritz Orendt

    Founder of Blogger-App Blogbox and Content-Marketing-Tool Content Captain.

    Marketing for piqd.

    Fan of piqd.

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  • Urszula Papajak
    Urszula Papajak
    Freelance Journalist

    Passionate about solutions that empower citizens in their fight for energy democracy. She will be curating an online discussion about the current energy transition, covering news on smart grid developments, new legal solutions supportive of citizen-owned renewable energy and much more.

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  • Marcus von Jordan
    Marcus von Jordan
    piqd cofounder

    since 2008 in the trench of revolutionizing journalism
    co-founder & CEO of piqd
    co-founder of
    CEO of August Schwingenstein Stiftung

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  • Rosebell Kagumire
    Rosebell Kagumire
    Blogger/Communication Specialist
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  • Elena Roda
    Elena Roda
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  • Georg Wallwitz
    Georg Wallwitz
    Author, Fund Manager
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  • Ciku Kimeria
    Ciku Kimeria
    Writer, Adventurer, Development Consultant, Travelblogger
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  • Sezin Oney
    Sezin Oney
    Journalist-Political Scientist
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  • Christian Odendahl
    Christian Odendahl
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  • Ixtzel Arreola de Hanekamp
    Ixtzel Arreola de Hanekamp
    Teacher, Nurse and passionate researcher.
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  • Javier Pérez de la Cruz
    Javier Pérez de la Cruz
    Multimedia Journalist
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  • Yavuz Baydar
    Yavuz Baydar
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  • Luis Eduardo BARRUETO
    Luis Eduardo BARRUETO
    Trade and development

    Luis BARRUETO is a journalist from Guatemala, currently working in trade policy at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). Studied business and finance journalism at Aarhus University in Denmark and City University London.

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  • Santiago Saez Moreno
    Santiago Saez Moreno
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  • Peter Whiteford
    Peter Whiteford
    Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra

    Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. He has worked in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, as well as other universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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  • Daria Sukharchuk
    Daria Sukharchuk
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  • Valentina Nicolae
    Valentina Nicolae
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  • Premesh Chandran
    Premesh Chandran
    Chief Executive Officer, Malaysiakini

    CEO and co-founder of Malaysia's top independent news website, with a reach of 5 million. Media management, metrics are my current passions. TED Fellow 2010.

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  • Didem Tali
    Didem Tali

    Didem Tali is an award-winning journalist covering international development, gender, displacement and environment issues for English-language media around the world.

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  • Erdem Arda Gunes
    Erdem Arda Gunes
    Political Analyst
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  • Marina Calculli
    Marina Calculli
    Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University
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  • Thessa Lageman
    Thessa Lageman
    Journalist, writer, photographer
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  • Danielle Batist
    Danielle Batist
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  • Kait Bolongaro
    Kait Bolongaro
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  • Magda Skrzypek
    Magda Skrzypek
    Media development worker

    Prague-based media development worker from Poland with a journalistic background. Previously worked on digital issues in Brussels. Piqs about digital issues, digital rights, data protection, new trends in journalism and anything else that grabs my attention.

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  • Rashmi Vasudeva
    Rashmi Vasudeva
    Features writer on health, lifestyle and the Arts, digital marketing blogger, mother
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  • Hossein Derakhshan
    Hossein Derakhshan
    Media analyst

    Iranian-Canadian journalist and media analyst. Freed from prison after six years, in Nov 2014. Passionate about Iran, technology, and theory. Email: [email protected]

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  • Nechama Brodie
    Nechama Brodie
    Author, fact-checker and academic
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  • Anim van Wyk
    Anim van Wyk
    Editor of Africa Check

    Anim is editor of the continent's first independent fact-checking website and based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Mark Koyama
    Mark Koyama
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  • Frederik Fischer
    Frederik Fischer
    Executive Editor of piqd
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  • Malia Politzer
    Malia Politzer
    Editor of International Investigative Journalist
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  • Elvia Wilk
    Elvia Wilk
    Writer, editor
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  • Hannes Sjob
    Hannes Sjob
    Chief Disruption Officer
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  • Michael Cruickshank
    Michael Cruickshank
    Freelance Conflict Journalist
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  • Matthias Spielkamp
    Matthias Spielkamp
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  • Jakub Górnicki
    Jakub Górnicki

    Jakub Górnicki. Blogger, reporter, technologist. Combines new technologies and storytelling with journalism, blogging, government accountability and transparency. Founder of Outriders.

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  • Maximilian Rosch
    Maximilian Rosch
    Online Editor and Community Manager at piqd

    BA in Communication Studies and Economics while working in Berlin for piqd

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Meet the team

About konrad

Konrad Schwingenstein


About marcus

Marcus von Jordan

Managing director

About frederik

Frederik Fischer


About marion

Marion Bruchhäuser


About moritz

Moritz Orendt

Business development

About david

David Simeth

PM, support

About stephan

Stephan Evers

Software development

About ariol

Ariol Dema

QA, support

About christoph

Christoph Stark

UX Designer

About sascha

Sascha Portisch

Visual Designer

We would like to thank our partners brainsome and Bloom GmbH
as well as Taktsoft and Ruhmesmeile GmbH

Development: Kev, Maxi, Daniel, Micha, Micha, Tarn and Paul

Image credits: Uli Görg (David Simeth), Tobias Tanzyna (Marcus von Jordan)

Questions and Answers

Are the curators paid for their work?

Yes, we pay our editors for three services:
1.) A maximum of one recommendation per day and channel
2.) A short description of the linked content
3.) Taking part in discussions with other curators and our members

According to which criteria do you choose your curators?

Apart from having specialist knowledge and a wide consumption of digital media, our curators should also be talented in terms of curating and describing relevant finds as well as be enthusiastic about discussing with our members.

What do you expect of your curators?

piqd helps users to maintain an overview of different topics as well as gain insight into differing positions of a debate. We would like our curators to support this dynamic.
We want our piqers to be aware of a variety of sources and publications and to focus on positive, successful people and moments, as well as step up for differing opinions; for the other side of the medal, so to say.

How we would like our members to comment

The discussions about the recommended articles are supposed to help readers view topics or arguments from different perspectives, to offer background information or to check facts. For this to occur on a high level, only members who pay are allowed to comment. Great side effect: By limiting the interaction to our supporters, we hope to keep the trolls away and keep up the high level of recommendations and discussions.

Editorial management

Our editorial team decides, which channels and curators we pick. We also take into account the wishes of our readers. Our curators are completely independent in their work.

Our investor

piqd is made possible by Konrad Schwingenstein. Konrad is the grandson of August Schwingenstein, co-founder of the Süddeutsche Verlag (a corporate group that was founded as a newspaper publisher and is now one of Germany's largest media companies). The family sold their shares of Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2007. Konrad is also the main investor of the August Schwingenstein foundation which supports continuing education for independent journalists.