The NewsiT Blog

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  1. NewsiT Version 2.2 Is Out

    Good news! NewsiT version 2.2 has been released on Apple!

    So what’s new on v2.2? You can now rate contributions to push the best to the top. You’ll also find advanced social sharing options and more. Check it out and please let us know what you think.

    If you have not downloaded the free NewsiT app yet, now is the perfect time to try it. The election is heating up and there is a huge storm bearing down on the east coast. These stories and more are unfolding on NewsiT and we’d love for you to join in the conversation… and the fun.

    Meanwhile, we’re hard at work on v2.3, which will debut in early November. We are excited to report that this release will feature a home screen. From here you’ll be able to see the latest from your NewsiT friends, be able to share content more widely and see how the community is rating your contributions and those of your friends.

    We are constantly working to make NewsiT better. Stay tuned for more updates as they roll out.

    Visit www.NewsiT.net to learn more and get the app.

  2. Countdown to Apple Release

    We’re so excited to give everybody a sneak peek at our next generation iPhone app. We anticipate it’s going to be available from September 21, touch wood…

    Now you can discover facts and friends around interests you share with people you trust. You decide what interests you - and who you want to invite into your communities - and we make sure you have relevant, accurate ‘news you can use’ and trust. It’s fun, easy, and here’s what it looks like!

  3. For Immediate Release: AirGuide Begins Crowd-Reporting with NewsiT

    New York (AirGuide – Pyramid Media Group) May 8, 2012 – AirGuide has begun crowd-reporting by recently collaborating with NewsiT. AirGuide articles are being used by NewsiT to reach a new and growing audience capturing news as it happens with their mobile phones or the NewsiT Mobile App.

    The first in a series of NewsiT assignment starts with our series of articles on the best seats in the air. The story featured this week is “What’s Your Pitch? Best, Worst Airline Seats Ranked”:

    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?

    Help NewsiT and AirGuideOnline.com rate airline seatsJoin the story and answer some simple questions.

    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.

    NewsiT segments can also be found on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/newsitnews

    This will be a long term collaboration, we strongly encourage you to take a look at their site and personally participate with any comments you may have.

    For More Information or an Interview Please Contact:

    Aram Gesar, Director of Content
    Direct Tel: +1646 770 2764 / +1561 777 2055
    Skype: pyramidmediagroup
    E-Mail: agesar@AirGuideOnline.com
    Bruce Potter, VP, Editorial Business Development, NewsiT
    E-Mail: bruce@newsit.net
    About:
    AirGuide for the Frequent Flyer Magazine & AirGuideOnline.com are dedicated to air travel and designed for leisure and business travelers. AirGuide is filled with tips and advice and provides everything global travelers need to know to make intelligent decisions before, during and after a voyage. AirGuide features weekly airline and travel news, information on great travel deals, plus dynamic travel articles and provides indispensable information on all the world’s airlines and airports from check-in to check out. Web site: http://www.AirGuideOnline.com
    AirGuide for the Frequent Flyer, AirGuide Business, CruiseGuide and Pyramid Media publications and content (news, reviews, advice and features) are delivered daily and weekly to more than 330,000 subscribers and to over 3.5 million though our syndication partners in more than 100 countries in over 20+ languages.
    About NewsiT:
    NewsiT is a mobile crowd-reporting platform for creating and sharing quality news of personal relevance. NewsiT believes people want their news portable, personalized and participatory. Our mission is to ‘reinvent’ news content creation by engaging citizens as mobile reporters all collaborating via social networks to produce multimedia coverage of relevance, quality and value.

    Visit us as at: www.newsit.net
    Twitter: @YouNewsiT
    Facebook: Facebook.com/newsitnews

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. A Sneak Peek at NewsiT’s iPhone Release

    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!

  9. NewsiT Brings Gamification to Citizen Journalism

    NewsiT was featured on the Gamification Blog. Click the image below to read the article and feel free to post your thoughts here.

  10. NewsiT Partners with AirSafe.com

    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.