Your Crowd; Your Story
The NewsiT team has been hard at work improving the design and user experience on the iPhone app for release later this month. We’re excited to share our progress and unveil the beginnings of our new look. We’re planning two Apple releases: the first with some much needed fixes and updates, the next with full social functionality. Tell us what you think of the new design direction!
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.
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
NewsiT was featured on the Gamification Blog. Click the image below to read the article and feel free to post your thoughts here.
NewsiT has launched a content partnership with AirSafe.com and its affiliated web sites, which report on airline safety and security issues, news and trends.
The partnership began with AirSafe’s coverage of this week’s crash of a Russian UTair plane in Siberia. AirSafe has prepared a NewsiTpartner page to direct users to the NewsiT site, and NewsiT will begin working on stories of interest to air travelers, as well as encouraging travelers to report on safety and security issues they encounter while flying.
Today in New York City, NewsiT CEO Melinda Wittstock was one of the featured presenters at The Next Big Thing in Digital News Innovation, an event series where emerging entrepreneurs meet media industry leaders.
Held at The Paley Center for Media and co-presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Next Big Thing is a series of forums in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles showcasing news and information startups for an audience of high-level media executives and investors.
Follow @newsitnews or #paleynext to follow the conversation on Twitter.NewsiT users,
We’re excited to announce two quick updates to our SxSW iPad contest:- All content uploaded through Saturday is eligible for points toward the iPad. Maybe you couldn’t upload from Austin because of connectivity issues, or didn’t have time. Take another look now at the assignments, find one that interests you, and upload text, photos or video.- Earn 50 extra points now just by liking NewsiT on Facebook! Not only do you get the extra points, but you can keep up with all our updates and the latest news stories and assignments.Thanks - and good luck!