Top 5 pitches of the week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Future of Journalism, Television, Publishing, Conflict & War and Social Media.

 

Tim Doyle shared an article on the Future of Journalism, “The journalism workshop that is teaching young Chinese how to be better storytellers.”

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Hank Strickler shared an article on Television, “Top 5 running gags in Archer.”

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Jennifer Dawson shared an article on Publishing, “Amazon makes plea to authors to quiet down.”

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Kokulan Mahendiran shared an article on Conflict & War, “Rockets found in second U.N. school in Gaza.”

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Alistair Leyland shared an article on Social Media, “The Internet is flooded with Wikipedia edits made by government and big oil.”

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Top 5 pitches of the week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Publishing, Climate change and Devices & Apps.

 

Jennifer Dawson shared an article on publishing, “Harper Lee says new biography is unauthorized.”

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Lorne Warwick shared an article on climate change, “For first time California gets ready for mandatory water restrictions.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article on publishing, “BBC has launched Facebook-first news service in Thailand.”

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Kevin Cook shared an article on big ideas, “Utah is ending homelessness by giving people homes.”

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Stephen P. Yang shared an article on devices & apps, “Best magnetic sensor that keeps track of your workouts raising funds at Indiegogo”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Future of Journalism, Climate Change, Creative Technology and Entrepreneurship

 

Megan Donovan shared an article on the future of journalism, “Coping with shifts in interactive media technology.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article on the future of journalism, “Meet the robots writing your news articles: the rise of automated journalism.”

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Lorne Warwick shared an article on climate change, “Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete.”

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Rick Mason shared an article on creative technology, “Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like.”

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Alistair Leyland shared an article on Entrepreneurship, “Ultra-rich man’s letter: To my fellow filthy rich Americans: The pitchforks are coming.”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Environmental Protection, International Development, Future of Journalism and Personal Development.

 

Derek Markham shared an article on Environmental Protection, “Crowdfunded solar-powered smartphones become rainforest guardians to fight illegal logging and poaching.”

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Jessica Wynne Lockhart shared an article on International Development, “A complicated cup- Coffee & Poverty in Uganda.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article, “The future of journalism.”

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Lorne Warwick shared an article on Environmental Protection, “1 of every 3 bites of food depends on bees- let’s save them.”

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Martin Pelletier shared an article on Personal Development, “Finding Spiritual Guidance.”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Canadian Politics, Personal Development, Climate Change & Humor.

 

Deb Matthews shared an article on Canadian Politics, “Peter MacKay: He’s the Minister of Wrong Again.”

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Martin Pelletier shared an article on Personal Development, “Improve Your Life with a Gratitude Journal.”

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Rick Mason shared an article regarding Climate Change, “Wind Energy’s Downdraft Tower generates its own wind all year round.”

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Jascha Jabes shared an article on Humor, “A Brief History of the Mile High Club.”

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Marie Lamensch shared an article on the Responsibility to Protect, “Responsibility to Protect Iraqis?”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Canadian Politics, Personal Development, Human Rights and Publishing.

 

Jennifer Dawson shared an article on publishing, “What would Stephen King do? A litmus test for life.”

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Douglas Robb shared an article regarding big ideas, “How brain ‘reboots’ itself to consciousness after anesthesia.”

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Kavita Dogra shared an article on human rights; “Former human trafficker opens up about his crimes to protect victims during world cup.”

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Rick Mason shared an article regarding Canadian politics, “One of the biggest American copyright enforcers is coming to conquer Canada.”

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Martin Pelletier shared an article on personal development, “How to accomplish goals whether financial, personal or career related.”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Creative Technology, Devices and Apps, Publishing and Future of Journalism.

 

Rich Cason shared an article on a new gadget, “Oculus isn’t making any money on its VR headset.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article regarding news on mobile, “Partnering and innovating on mobile.”

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Stephen P. Yang shared an article on future apps Apple might invent, “Apple patents a weightlifting tracking sensor with possible iWatch integration.”

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Kevin Cook shared an article on the future of journalism, “The homepage is dead! Long live the homepage!”

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Douglas Robb shared an article on sleeping patterns in a marriage; “Couples sleep in sync when wife is satisfied with their marriage.”

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Newsana Community Member Profile- Rick Mason

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Rick Mason is one of Newsana’s oldest and most valued members, along with one of the helpful hands that helped build Newsana! Mason is a web developer who has worked on all kinds of projects for multiple companies. He enjoys journalism and has spent seven years working at a weekly newspaper. In addition, Mason has been running a local group titled CreateInTO (formerly FlashinTO) that meets monthly to talk about creative applications of technology as well as working with FITC, an event company that runs design and technology events around the world. The past couple of years, Mason has been working at Relish Interactive where he built out the back-end technology that keeps Newsana running. When he’s not working, you can find Mason on his bicycle commuting or trail riding. He also loves spending time with his daughters who he quotes, “have completely changed my view of the world.”

 

1. What makes a great social media site?

The best social media sites are those backed by simple applications that make it easy to post content. They also usually feature powerful API’s that let other sites and applications connect to them. Twitter’s success was built on the backs of the hundreds of developers that early on saw the potential and built all kinds of apps using Twitter’s API. Instagram built the app first and only more recently have started to expand their viewing options. Of course there’s also a sort of secret sauce that often involves not just well designed software but also a healthy dose of luck in the form of hitting the right market at the right time. There are dozens of really great social media projects that have come and gone because they never quite clicked with users or simply got lost in the sea of competitors.

 

2. Where do you go for great content online? Why there?

I’m one of those people who has faithfully stuck with RSS feeds as my major content sources. Though I like the immediacy of Twitter I find it too time consuming for content discovery. I was an avid Google Reader user and have since switched to Feedly. I can very rapidly skim through hundreds of RSS feed headlines and pull out the best stuff. I’ve tried all sorts of different tools and strategies but a powerful RSS reader is still my tool of choice. And though RSS has faded into the background in recent years, it’s still rare to find a site that doesn’t have RSS feeds for content.

That said, some of the feeds I pull in are from other aggregators. Hacker News is my top source for professional and geeky news – it’s particularly good for surfacing obscure things you won’t find elsewhere. The Verge and Mashable are probably my next top two sources.

 

3. What’s your favorite type of content (infographics, interviews, thought pieces, studies, etc) and why?

Can’t say I have a favorite. I’m just as happy getting lost in a rabbit hole of YouTube watching or Buzzfeed trash as I am reading long form content from The Atlantic, New York Times, etc. I do read a lot of studies though – I’m really interesting in anything to do with the human mind and behavior. I’m constantly citing the latest studies at home, driving my partner a bit crazy in the process – especially if they are studies about parenting.

 

4. Which of your Newsana pitches are you most proud of?

That’s a challenge! I almost crashed my browser trying to go all the way back to the beginning. I think overall though the pitches I’m most proud of are the ones that I pitch under Gender & Feminism + Parenting. Having two young daughters at home these hit a deeply personal spot for me. Pitches like this one, http://newsana.com/parenting/story/talks-mckenna-pope-want-to-be-an-activist-start-with-your-toys

Girls like McKenna Pope give me hope for the future, hope that we’ll eventually end up in a world where regardless of gender, everyone is treated equally.

Talking about long form stories, this one from The Atlantic about how ridiculously over-protective we’ve become of our children is a personal favorite. http://newsana.com/parenting/story/features-archive-2014-03-hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone-358631

 

5. What’s the best part of Newsana?

Aside from the fact that I helped build and shape it right from day one? :) I do find that the community of users has really created a space that does what Newsana set out to do: surface the best content for everyone to read. It’s served as a valuable platform for showing me things that I might not otherwise read. I also really love that after awhile it becomes clear that certain members are like-minded individuals and I know right away that I’ll want to read whatever they thought was important enough to pitch. It’s filtering based on my own perceived connection to another individual. This is something that’s hard to mimic with an algorithm.

Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Creative Technology, Social Media and Environmental Protection.

 

Kevin Cook shared an article on Microfarming, “Facetime with your plants? Welcome to the future of Microfarming.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article on Puppet journalism, “Ever heard if ‘Puppet Journalism?’ Here’s an innovative approach to citizen journalism.”

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Jennifer Dawson shared an article regarding Amazon, “Hachette/Amazon Business Interruption.”

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Derek Markham shared an article on the Environment, “After a wildfire, bees are nature’s first responders. Let’s help them do their job!”

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Douglas Robb shared an article regarding a new study; “It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than keep them on the streets.”

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Top 5 Pitches of the Week

Extending a big welcome to all new community members and thank you to all members who continue to contribute. The team appreciates all sharing, commenting and voting. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Newsana is a community based online website where members not only engage with the content, but create it. On a weekly basis, the team features the “Top 5 Pitches of the Week” to find out who is generating the most buzz. Top pitches are determined by number of votes and comments. We want to know who is elevating the conversation!

This week the community was discussing Environmental Protection, International Politics, Climate Change and Scientific Discoveries.

 

Douglas Robb shared an article on the scientific discovery of perfume, “Perfume doesn’t just make women smell great… it makes them look more attractive to others.”

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Alistair Leyland shared an article regarding climate change in Antarctica, “Antarctica is probably going to melt faster and more violently than we think.”

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Kokulan Mahendiran shared an article on International Politics, “Michael Moore makes a big mistake about Canada.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article on blogging, “A platform and blogging tool, Medium Charms Writers.”

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Lorne Warwick shared an article on an iconic iguana, “Iconic Jamaican iguana under threat from $1.5bn Chinese port project.”

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