Jeremy Berlin named editorial director of Hidden Compass, a publication of award-winning exploration stories

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Hidden Compass, a women-founded media company that connects audiences with the humans, causes and possibilities behind award-winning stories of exploration, has added another veteran editor to its staff. . The Californian startup recently announced Jeremy Berlin as editorial director.

As a former writer and editor of publications such as National Geographic magazine, The Atlantic and Atlas Obscura, Berlin brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to Hidden Compass. He has reported on topics ranging from Atlantic walruses to Sicilian mummies to Chinese mathematics. His hiring demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to editorial excellence that has catapulted its award-winning digital magazine onto the national stage. In 2021, Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards.

“I am honored and excited to join this elite team,” Berlin said. “About half of the stories we publish win awards or anthologies, so I’m clearly inheriting a small but mighty title. My goal is to both maintain that excellence and help Hidden Compass to take it to the next level – grow the brand editorially, publish diverse new voices and tell new stories that delight and inform our dedicated and insightful readership.

“The old publishing model, beset by shrinking budgets and attention spans, is dying,” says Berlin. “But Hidden Compass’ approach, which prioritizes immersive exploration and intellectual curiosity over clickbait and algorithms, is what can allow it to thrive and thrive.”

Hidden Compass continues to pave the way for the future of investigative journalism. The startup now offers a podcast, virtual events, and The Alliance – a modern exploration company.

“We built the Alliance to respond to the existential FOMO of our allies and give them access to something bigger than themselves: a like-minded community, a vote and a say in the expeditions we fund, opportunities to meet explorers and an invitation to explore the frontiers of human knowledge,” says co-founder Sivani Babu.

The co-founders are excited about the growth of The Alliance and their flagship publication. “With an experienced, award-winning journalist and editor like Jeremy at the helm, we are confident that Hidden Compass will lead a new generation of profitable publications – not in spite of championing journalism and hope, but in because of that,” says co-founder Sabine K. Bergmann.

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Hidden Compass is a modern independent journalism and exploration company transforming the way audiences engage in journalism and exploration. Co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who have 25 years of experience in journalism and editing, launched Hidden Compass in 2017 as an alternative to unhealthy, clickbait-laden content – what they call “junk food media”. In 2020, the company launched a unique business model, leveraging fundraising campaigns to increase journalist pay and audience engagement. The following year, readership grew by more than 40% and Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards. Learn more at


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