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From Mexico, latest news stories printed on bathroom paper towels
For any smartphone owner, accessing the most up-to-date news is hardly a struggle. There’s no shortage of of news outlets offering articles and information online, to say nothing of social networks offering instant updates. To stand out from the crowd then, is a serious challenge for any publisher. We’ve already seen innovative efforts involving receipts printed with news updates, and even coffee cup sleeves printed with the hour’s top headline. In a similar vein, Mexican news outlet Mas Por Mas has created a bathroom paper towel dispenser which prints news headlines on the very paper users will dry their hands with. READ MORE…
Site translates the foreign press into 11 different languages
With the amount of content now being created globally, there’s even more of a demand for translations of foreign language media. While innovations such as Easy Way Subtitles have provided live computer-generated translations of any Brazilian TV show, ReShares is tapping human volunteers to create translations of the day’s most popular news articles into multiple languages. READ MORE…
Café prints its own robot-edited newspaper each week
In an age of digital news publishing, print can never keep up with the instant coverage provided by online journalists and the rapid dissemination of information on sites such as Twitter. However, we have in the past seen Sweden’s Meganews offer the world’s first print-on-demand newsstand, and now the UK’s Guardian newspaper is experimenting with a new weekly publication called The Long Good Read that uses robots to curate the best recent longform pieces and print copies in under an hour. READ MORE…
Citizens support, fund, and read investigative journalism through single platform
The news industry is in dire need of a new business model in the wake of social media and citizen journalism putting talented writers out of a job, and one solution we’ve seen growing in popularity is crowdfunded pitches. Taking this onboard, Uncoverage is a comprehensive new platform that enables readers to regularly support the journalists they admire, and back investigations into the fields they think need covering. READ MORE…
App digests news articles as quick video summaries
The web is an interactive, multimedia world, but most online news outlets still format their articles as plain, static text. Wibbitz is an app that automatically takes the pertinent facts out of news articles and presents them in a more mobile-friendly video format. READ MORE…
iPhone app delivers geo-targeted and personalized news
Several years back we saw two separate efforts to deliver hyperlocal news in printed form – first The Printed Blog, then a similar effort from The New York Times – and recently we came across something similar in digital form. Now taking advantage of today’s mobile geo-targeting capabilities, SPUN delivers city-specific news and information via an iPhone app. READ MORE…
Tool gives users the news, and suggests what they can do about it
This week, we’ve already written about MSF.TV, the news station that aims to keep viewers more informed and encourage them to donate. Now, ShoutAbout is a tool that enables news providers to empower readers by offering information on the meaningful actions they can take to help out with the situation they are reading about. READ MORE…
Charity TV station reports the news that mainstream media overlooks
The internet has helped charities benefit from a variety of ways to encourage donations – take France-based TousDonateurs as an example with its ad revenue fundraising model – but awareness and engagement can still be a challenge. Unhappy with the lack of coverage given to important humanitarian issues on mainstream media outlets, international aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières has created its own online channel, MSF.TV. READ MORE…
iPhone app delivers news tailored specifically for mobile phones
The news medium has undergone radical transformation in recent years, bringing us a world where headlines can be delivered via personal ticker or on the paper sleeves that accompany take-out coffee, to name just two examples. The latest spotting? Circa, a new iPhone app that serves up news in a format customized specifically for mobile phones. READ MORE…
In the UAE, coffee chain’s cup sleeve is printed with the hour’s top headline


If advertising can be emblazoned on napkins, office coffee cups and beer-bottle tags, then why not the ubiquitous coffee-cup sleeve? That, indeed, is precisely the chosen medium in a new campaign developed recently by Y&R Dubai for Gulf News. READ MORE…

Platform for citizen photojournalism offers map of local content

From the New York Times’ The Local to CNN’s Open Stories, recent years have seen citizen journalism become more and more integrated with professional news reporting. Now, new mobile photojournalism platform Tackable enables reporters and editors to create photo assignments for readers to complete using their smartphones, with the aim of helping them write better articles, faster. READ MORE…

News from global outlets, translated for English-speaking readers

We’ve covered news aggregators on our virtual pages before, but now we’ve come across something a little different. Aiming to bring more news reports from around the world before the eyes of English-speaking readers, French Worldcrunch selects, translates and edits content from top foreign-language outlets and delivers them online to English speakers. READ MORE…
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News site highlights analysis by academic and research experts

As the news industry has struggled to redefine itself in recent years,  it seems fair to say that the majority of the new approaches we’ve seen  tested out have focused on incorporating the work and views of citizen  reporters. A new online publication recently launched in Australia,  however, takes quite a different tack by placing the spotlight on  academic and research experts instead. READ MORE…