Background was born from ideas about open journalism formed while the founding team worked together at The Guardian. The first project of was a collaborative journalism platform.

The prototype for a new open journalism platform was built with support from foundations and donations, and an editorial board helped to shape the initial ideas about journalism communities. Freelance journalists joined after the platform was built, and the community collaborated with them to produce a range of quality articles through the new open process.

The project is now complete. We’ve posted a full report of its inception, creation and operation which you can download here.