About Ark Republic

WHAT IS ARK REPUBLIC

Ark Republic is a multi-media news website committed to providing rich and robust stories, features, news and thoughts. Comprised of both traditional journalist and non-sleuths, we are a collective working in a diverse range of industries who narrate, construct and converse in global dialogues and topics. We examine the world through innovative storytelling techniques that borrow, create, adapt and re-purpose; thus, this platform is highly experimental.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to sketch a new social constitution by telling stories that provide a platform for productive engagements. Thus, in 2018, we launched Major Collaborative Projects as our signature reporting initiative.

THE BACKSTORY

For years, Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers, a media scholar and writer, expressed disappointment and exhaustion of the looped cable news cycle offering limited coverage of the world. As she shared her perspective, soon, she discovered it was a shared opinion amongst colleagues, fellow media practitioners and friends. With that notion, she thought that it was time to create a platform for profound voices with ideas that could switch the focus in global dialogue within today’s media landscape.

WE TELL STORIES, WE DO NOT PRODUCE CONTENT

Anything that is created entails sweat equity and genius. Here, we honor the stories, the storytellers and those who help us build them.  We braid multiple narratives of perspectives and voices that often are unheard or unrecognized, along with their angle and ideas.

THE FORMULA

Member-Fueled

The term, “republic,” carries the idea that the people hold the ultimate power. To be a member means that you are an essential part of Ark Republic and you are a part of a dope and brilliant collective. This is a subscription-based company that values members and will offer a number of perks.

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We commit to creating a seamless experience and privilege the story, so we have a site liberated from the clogging of advertisements and the influence of products and ideas not tied to the Ark Republic mission of telling stories to build conversation.

Original, Dope Content

Tired of the daily, cable news cycle looping the same dozen news items? We are too. Our stories are cultivated from an organic and innovative perspective that are told from many ways such as writing, video, podcasting, photojournalism, animation and drawing.

Productive Engagement

The storytellers are arkitects who interact with Ark Republic members in a space that encourages healthy engagement. As stories evolve, the arkitects update members on their progress, all the while, dialoguing on the topic that is their specialty with hopes of building a community within the Ark.

Robust Storytelling

We have been reformulating the way topics are covered by by fusing the African tradition of storytelling with the black, urban practice of building on the block with productive engagement. Rather than journalists, a collective of thought-leaders, called arkitects, craft and design stories.

Accessible Infrastructure

We are aware that our members approach the use of technology from different levels of tech savvy and digital literacy. That is why it is critical to present a platform that is both accessible and sophisticated for sustainability and growth between the company and members.

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