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  1. 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.

  2. iPad contest - earn 50 points now!

    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!

  3. Look for NewsiT at SXSW

    NewsiT will be all over South By Southwest. Here are some of the events we will be attending. If you are going to be in Austin, please let us know. We’d love to see you!

    Startup Spotlight: The Startup Spotlight Reception will be held from 4-6PM on Friday, March 9th at Startup Village on the 4th Floor of the Hilton Hotel. 

    Startup Debut: Startup Debut is the only top-tier media showcase at South by Southwest. Held on the opening night of the SXSW Interactive Festival, Saturday, March 10, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at the Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.  Fleming’s is directly across the street from the convention center.

    HATCH Pitch Competition: Held at the new SXSW Startup Village, HATCH will be featuring 15 revolutionary startups certain to change your world, including NewsiT. Come hear them pitch to investors. And when it is done, tell your friends you heard about the next big thing at HATCH.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    SXSW Interactive Startup Village
    Salon B
    Hilton Austin Downtown
    500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX.

    Java Jive:  Look for NewsiT at the Java Jive in the Hilton. We’ll be handing out NewsiT coffee sleeves, sipping coffee and chatting with the crowd. Look for us in our black NewsiT shirts.

    We will also be at various lounges and events throughout the week and will have a booth in the exhibition hall. Watch #SXNewsit on Twitter for live updates on our whereabouts throughout the week.

    Trade Show:  NewsiT will have a booth at the SXSW Trade Show, “where the future of media is defined.”  Please stop by and visit us there.  The first two days of the Trade Show overlap with the final two days of the Interactive Festival.

    Exhibit Halls 3 & 4 on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center
    Booth Number 744

    Monday, March 12 - 11:00-6:00PM
    Tuesday, March 13 - 11:00-6:00PM
    Wednesday, March 14 - 11:00-6:00PM
    Thursday, March 15 - 11:00-4:00PM


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    Current News Assignments
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    Women Rising: Our newest assignment, on women entrepreneurs, is a topic that will be a focus of discussion at SXSW this year.  Help NewsiT report on Women Rising: Are you the next tech titan? 

    A variety of other topics are driving user contributions this week as we lead up to SXSW. Among them:
    - Who’s Going to Be Big at SXSW? Companies that will be at SXSW can start building buzz
    - Is the GI Bill Working? Student-veterans can report on the effectiveness of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill
    - Student Loans: College students and recent graduates can tell us how student loans and college debt has affected or will affect their lives. 

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