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  1. The Countdown Has Begun

    We are very excited to tell you that our new, improved iPhone app is very close to being released. Now you can see your own content and that of your friends posted in real time on ‘Trending’ - and you can more easily share via Twitter and Facebook. Expect multiple releases over the summer as we implement some exciting changes to the design and architecture of the app to make it more intuitive, fun and easy to use.

    Keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for updates and the pending announcement.

  2. Entrepreneur Stories Feature on Melinda Wittstock

    Start A Company to Avoid Boredom…NewsiT

    May 25, 2012 By - Melinda Wittstock has done it all in the news world: “Melinda is an award-winning journalist, serial entrepreneur and an evangelist on all things socially-networked, mobile and ‘gamified’.” Her latest startup, NewsiT, aims to reinvent the way news and information is sourced and verified.

    Click here to read the rest of the story.

  3. Take the Middle Seat… to your future

    NewsiT News:

    John Chamberlain’s view from the least popular seat in the row. Read his story over at our main site: http://newsit.net/news/take-the-middle-seatto-your-future

  4. Rate Your Airline Seats!
    Join the NewsiT Crowd-Sourced News Story

    Is it just your imagination, or are airline seats smaller and tighter than ever? NewsiT, the source for crowd-reported news, is partnering with AirGuideOnline.com to report on the size and comfort of airplane seats and other amenities. Read our first story, about economy class seats, then sign up, accept a task and help us continue to report this developing story. http://newsit.net/assignments (Or download the free NewsiT app on your iPhone.)

  5. A Message From Melinda

    Keen to share our progress!
    The new iPhone release is just days away now - improved workflows, display of contributor ‘raw’ content, design tweaks, and integration with Facebook and Twitter. We can hardly wait to share it with you - and get your feedback as we iterate and improve our web and mobile user experience ahead over the summer.

    Here are some of the things you will see in the coming weeks and months:

    • Enhanced social functionality will include the ability to follow and friends within the NewsiT community, the beginnings of user collaboration around story threads and contributions
    • Story threads will combine ‘assignments’ and ‘latest news’ - we are building feedback loops in which you can find relevant information to you as well as people and sources you can trust around information that is important and relevant to you
    • Reorganization of the site and app around specific topics or ‘communities of interest’
    • Enhanced UI around game layer
    • And more!

    We hope to work to a tight two-week iteration and delivery schedule so you will start seeing changes and improvements. Keep letting us know how we are doing!

    NewsiT was founded by CEO Melinda Wittstock. Melinda is an award-winning journalist, serial entrepreneur and an evangelist on all things socially-networked and ‘gamified’. She is passionate about improving the quality and relevance of news and information, and has learned in her long journalistic career that there is more expertise outside the newsroom than in it.

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The Plains and Rockies are in for a hot summer. And the Mid-Atlantic will be in a severe storm area, according to AccuWeather’s summer forecast.What signs have you seen of an early summer? Drought hit your area? Join the story; help NewsiT and AccuWeather follow weather trends across the county.

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    The Plains and Rockies are in for a hot summer. And the Mid-Atlantic will be in a severe storm area, according to AccuWeather’s summer forecast.

    What signs have you seen of an early summer? Drought hit your area? Join the story; help NewsiT and AccuWeather follow weather trends across the county.

  7. Update On The Whooping Cough Story

    New Audio Clip

    In April 2012, Rep. Rick Larsen, (D- Washington) was interviewed by
    AskYourLawmaker.com, NewsiT’s sister site. Representative Larsen was asked about the possibility of introducing legislation requiring the public to be notified directly about epidemics such as pertussis.
     
    Hear the quote here and read more about it at Newsit.

  8. Sunny Days or Stormy Weather?

    NewsiT & AccuWeather team up for this Community Weather Report.

    Many areas of the country have had an early spring and summer… following an unusually warm winter. High temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes and drought have been in the news. AccuWeather predicts in its summer forecast that some relief may be in sight.

    But what signs have you seen of an early summer? Join other citizen reporters around the country and help us with this evolving story. Sign up, accept a task and help NewsiT and AccuWeather report on the weather in your area. Then follow the results at www.newsit.net.

    Anyone can be a NewsiT correspondent. It’s fun, social and rewarding. If you can snap a photo, ask a question, shoot a video, search for data or write a short report — or if you simply have a great idea you want others in the NewsiT community to investigate - you’re a valued member of our community.

  9. NewsiT Developing Story: Best & Worst Airline Seats Ranked

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    Are airline seats getting smaller? And what do you do when that big guy in front of you reclines his seat so far it pushes your knees against your chest?

    AirGuideOnline is releasing its latest rankings of the largest and smallest seats on North American airlines. In the rankings for economy class seats, Jet Blue has the biggest seats in its A320-200 short-haul aircraft. Those seats were measured at a pitch (distance between seats) of 34 inches and width (armrest to armrest) of 18 inches.

    Help NewsiT and AirGuideOnline.com rate airline seats. Join the story and answer some simple questions. Details at NewsiT.net.