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  1. Melinda Wittstock, Founder and CEO of NewsiT talks with Tech Cocktail at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2012.

  2. 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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    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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  3. How to Cover SXSW with NewsiT

    NewsiT is a mobile crowd reporting platform for creating & sharing news. Now you can report on the stories that matter to you right from your laptop or iPhone. It’s fun too. As a NewsiT correspondent, you can earn points and badges for your contributions. Best of all, you get to be a part of the action.

    There are several interesting and fun news assignments open at including our coverage of South By Southwest in Austin, TX this month. If you are attending, or your company will have a presence there, we would love for you to help out with the SXSW story.

    Here’s an example of a few of the questions/tasks:

    • What’s your marketing plan? How will you measure success?
    • How are you preparing for SxSW? What do you want to accomplish?
    • How’d you cut through the clutter at SxSW?

    So how do you contribute to a NewsiT assignment?

    It’s very easy. Just go to and sign in. You’ll see all of the open assignments and you can click on any of them to see the associated tasks. NewsiT breaks down each assignment into simple, manageable tasks. You might be asked to answer a question or upload a photo or video. Choose whatever tasks interest you, and do as many as you want.

    Or, simply download the free iPhone app and you can be a NewsiT corespondent right from your iPhone. Access assignments, upload photos, video and text for tasks and go mobile with your reporting!

    NewsiT has revolutionized the news gathering process by making it social. By “crowd-sourcing” each story, NewsiT gets a wide variety of perspectives and angles on a topic. The result is a deep, insightful and compelling news story reported by real people; those intimately involved with the issues and folks who are just observing… the more perspectives, the better. Anyone can contribute.

    The last step is also a very important one. Spread the word! Tell your friends, tweet the link and reach out to people who might be interested in a particular topic.

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  4. NewsiT Founder a Featured Female Entrepreneur at NYCwomen.connect

    Newsit Founder & CEO Melinda Wittstock will be one of the featured speakers/companies at the NYCwomen.connect event in New York on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

    NYCwomen.connect is an intimate forum and networking series designed to showcase female entrepreneurs from an array of industries before an audience of 100 to 150 male and female investors, business leaders, and other service professionals committed to promoting and supporting women in business. 

    Melinda is not only revolutionizing the news gathering process with NewsiT, the new crowd-sourcing news platform, but she is also setting an example for women entrepreneurs everywhere.

    As usual, it’s a busy and exciting month for Melinda. NewsiT is also one of the finalists this year at the HATCH Pitch competition at South By Southwest in Austin, TX.

    The NYCwomen.connect event is at:

    5 – 9 p.m.
    The Offices of Hodgson Russ LLP
    1540 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY
    (Entrance on 45th Street, East of Broadway)

    For more info or to register, visit NYCwomen.connect

  5. NewsiT steps up at the HATCH Pitch Competition

    HATCH is a pitch competition for startups with revolutionary ideas. They will be featuring 15 revolutionary startups certain to change your world. And the great news is that NewsiT is one of those finalists! Here’s the scoop from HATCH:

    On March 11th, 15 HATCH finalists will present their revolutionary ideas at HATCH, an event being held as part of the new SXSW Startup Village. Each team will be given four minutes to present their companies to a room of startup enthusiasts. Judges will then ask questions of each presenter. After all finalist presentations, the judges will determine how many virtual dollars they would invest in each time. The top three teams receiving the most virtual HATCH dollars will be crowned the winners.

    NewsiT is really excited about this opportunity, the competition and the chance to meet a ton of great people. And if you have not seen NewsiT Founder & CEO Melinda Wittstock present, you are in for a treat… unless you are one of our competitors!

    If you are going to be in Austin, TX for South by Southwest, please let us know or come by the exhibit floor and say hi. (Contact for more info.) You can also follow @YouNewsiT and hash-tag #sxnewsit on Twitter for updates from us throughout the week.

    We also have some great SXSW themed assignments running through March. Watch our Facebook page and this blog for more info soon. And as always, details are in the Assignments section of our web site.

    And please pass the link on. The more people, the better the story.