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  1. Women Entrepreneurs Panel Featuring Melinda Wittstock

    Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy but they face a unique set of challenges too. Join NewsiT Founder and CEO Melinda Wittstock and a group of distinguished panelists as they explore the issues and answer some of the questions surrounding this fascinating and important topic.

    The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present
    Women Entrepreneurs:
    Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses

    When

    Monday, June 18, 2012
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Where

    George Washington University
    Media and Public Affairs Building
    805 21st St NW
    Jack Morton Auditorium
    Washington, District of Columbia 20052

    Click here for more information.

  2. On the Outside Looking In: Where are Dogs Allowed?

    NewsiT’s running story on businesses that will and won’t allow access to dogs continues to evolve. Check out the Latest News on our web site for details.

    We welcome you to join us on this story. In one day, one afternoon or one hour, how many places of business can you bring your dog in? Snap a pic or send us a report from your town and add to the crowd-sourced news story.

  3. A Message From Melinda

    What does ‘news’ mean to you?

    Is it a fleeting headline, saturation cable coverage or broken-telephone online aggregation of all the same sources? Is it studio-bound pundits trading ideological invectives at high decibel? Maybe it’s a tweet from a friend.

    The “news” in the NewsiT name means something very different to us.

    News to us is social – a conversation about an issue of shared interest – evolving over time, weaving in more and more voices and perspectives, and separating fact from opinion – to give people relevant new information they can trust and use to improve their lives and communities.

    We want NewsiT to be a place to discover facts and friends around topic threads that matter most to you, a place where you can set the agenda, share information, and make an impact.

    It’s very early days for NewsiT and its driving us crazy that our site and iPhone app are still so far from our exciting vision.

    We’re working hard to dramatically improve your experience, and I wanted to bring you up to speed on where we are going and some of the changes you will start to see.

    We want our stories to evolve over time, letting you interact at any point in a story thread, and improving with each new interaction or collaboration. You may simply want to see what’s trending or catch up with friends; you may have a tip, a photo or video to share; perhaps you want to dig deep into a specific story branch, find out who’s contributed what, comment, rate or connect.

    Our next iPhone release will fix some of the most, well, irritating things about the app - simplifying workflows, improving navigation, fixing broken ‘trending’ functionality so you can see others’ contributions in real time, and more. And coming soon too:  Full social functionality via integration with Twitter and Facebook, and ways to find and connect with friends on the NewsiT platform. We’ll also be eliminating what seems an artificial and antiquated dividing line between ‘assignments’ and ‘latest news’ by combining the two into threads, organized by topics and tagging. You’ll be able to rate, rank, share, collaborate - and did I mention the app will start to actually look beautiful? We love elegant, minimalist, crisp and engaging design.

    Yes, there is a lot to do, and as we do it we’d love your input, suggestions, comments and participation as we implement all the great feedback we have had out in the ‘real world’.

    Every two weeks from now you will see changes and improvements. Let us know if you want to be part of our usability testing, or whether you just have a specific thought about design or functionality you need us to hear. And please keep participating and uploading content. We do hope you’ll take the chance to help shape this young new company - and thank you for helping to make NewsiT all it can be!

    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.

  4. Ask Your Lawmaker

    Have you seen NewsiT’s sister site, Ask Your Lawmaker? If you could ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid any question, what would it be? What would you ask Sen. McCain? Speaker Boehner? Or Minority Leader Pelosi? If you had a microphone and a media pass at the U.S. Capitol, what would you ask your lawmaker? Now you can help hold your elected representatives to account: where do they stand on the important issues? What do they do all day?

    NewsiT gets your questions answered. Our reporters trawl the corridors and committee rooms of Congress, microphone in hand, asking Senators and Representatives what YOU want to ask. We want to make sure lawmakers know what issues matter most to you, your family, your community.

  5. Where can you take your dog? Some stores allow dogs in and others say no. What’s the story in your neck of the woods?

    NewsiT asks you, the citizen reporter, to contribute to the story.

    Join the coverage at http://newsit.net/assignments/dont-lock-the-dogs-out or download our free iPhone app. It’s as easy as snapping a picture, shooting a video or asking someone a couple of questions. Your input, plus that of our other “mobile reporters” will build an amazing story. Watch it unfold at NewsiT.net.

  6. If you have a dog in the big city you’ve probably tried to bring your four-legged friend on shopping errands. You may have been chased out – or plied with dog treats and shown the water bowl. Now it’s time to help NewsiT with our latest story. Share your photos, video and experiences at different retailers across town. It’s easy, fun and you can win some special dog treats!

    If you have a dog in the big city you’ve probably tried to bring your four-legged friend on shopping errands. You may have been chased out – or plied with dog treats and shown the water bowl.

    Now it’s time to help NewsiT with our latest story. Share your photos, video and experiences at different retailers across town. It’s easy, fun and you can win some special dog treats!

  7. HOT NEWSIT STORY OVER WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS WEEK!!

    The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to fly on the back of a Boeing 747 over the Washington/Northern Virginia/Maryland area on Tuesday morning en route to Dulles International Airport.

    Help NewsiT track the shuttle - sign up, accept a task and use our app to post photos and videos of the Shuttle’s flight. http://newsit.net/assignments/spot-the-shuttle-report-on-the-flight-to-dulles