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  • An email address at your news organisation
  • A account with enough verifications to allow moderators be confident the person applying for the account is indeed a known journalist
  • "Journalist" is a very broad term here. If you work with code or social media in a journalistic capacity for a mainstream news organisation, you pass. Ditto if you're an academic working within the journalism field.
If you qualify given the above criteria and want an account, please email aendrew [at] aendrew [dot] com with subject line "4estate membership". Please use your news organisation email account for initial sign-up, you can change it later.
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What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.

Built for real conversation
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You’re a person, not a product
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Always within reach
Multiple apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms thanks to a developer-friendly API ecosystem allow you to keep up with your friends anywhere.
A more humane approach
Learning from failures of other networks, Mastodon aims to make ethical design choices to combat the misuse of social media.