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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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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 Climate Change and International Politics.

 

Tim Doyle shared an article discussing news articles, “Building permission structures for short content (Vox edition).”

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Kokulan Mahendiran shared an article regarding the Thai military, “Thai military seizes power in coup.”

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Douglas Robb shared an article discussing meat products, “Barclays fined $44-million over gold price fix.”

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Michael Welyki shared an article regarding GDP, “Hookers and Blow: how changing the definition of GDP officially jumped the shark.”

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Derek Markham shared an article discussing climate change, “Climate change will force us to abandon coastal cities. We’d better start preparing right now.”

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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 International Politics, Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Protection and Publishing.

 

Lorne Warwick shared an article on climate change, “Map: Countries’ actions and commitments on climate change.”

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Kevin Cook shared an article discussing the funding of coal, “Stanford becomes first major university to stop funding coal.”

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Rick Mason shared an article on startups, “Canadian startups want to exit but show a starting lack of acquisition preparedness.”

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Tim Doyle shared an article discussing the observations in cultural shifts in the New York Times newsroom, “Culture change is hard: what Nikki Usher learned in five months embedded in The New York Times newsroom.”

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Kokulan Mahendiran shared an article on politics in Germany, “How very understanding.”

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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 Finance & Economics and Human Rights.

Derek Markham shared an article on how we feed our growing planet, “The Future of Food.”

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Douglas Robb shared an article on Sarah Palin’s controversial statement, “Sarah Palin says ‘waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.’ Too tough?”

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Michael Welyki shared an article on gold prices, “Bank of Nova Scotia to get visit from British watchdog as scrutiny of London Gold Fixing grows.”

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Daniel Koren shared an article on the Ukrainian mayor, “Assassination Attempt Injures Jewish Eastern Ukrainian Mayor.”

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Kokulan Mahendiran shared an article on individuals who encourage rape, “Matt Gurney: Olivia Chow meets with, is endorsed by, ranting homophobe who encourages rape.”

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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 Scientific Discoveries, International Politics and Responsibility to Protect.

1. Marie Lamensch shared an article on how Canada could aid the Central African Republic, How Canada Could Help Stem the Carnage in CAR.”

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2. Douglas Robb shared an article regarding suicide and Indian farmers. New Evidence of Suicide among India’s ‘marginalized’ farmers.”

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3. Derek Markham shared an article on Solar Panels. “Turns out, you can make solar panels in cloudy cities.”

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4. David Peck shared an article regarding anti-slavery. “Steve McQueen: Anti-Slavery’s 175th anniversary is nothing to celebrate.”

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5. Alexander Voevodin shared an article about chickens and their history. “Just a few hundred years ago chicken looked far different.”

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Newsana Community Member Profile – Damiano Raveenthiran

Meet Damiano Raveenthiran

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Damiano is a New Media Journalist from Montreal, Canada. Over the years, Damiano has focused his attention on human rights news working with the Concordia University chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR). Damiano quickly climbed the ranks within the organization and in 2012 became the president of JHR Concordia.

During his time at JHR Concordia, Damiano co-hosted a weekly radio show known as the JHR Rights Report, which was featured as the number one show on the Rabble Podcast Network for 6 weeks in a row. With the help of his team of journalists, Damiano created an international network of news corespondents, the first of its kind for a university chapter of any organization.

In 2012, Damiano teamed up with Amnesty International and the UK based film production company CODOC to plan the Canadian premiere of the award-winning documentary ‘The Truth That Wasn’t There‘ successfully beginning a conversation about press freedom and civil conflict on the Island of Sri Lanka. In 2013, Damiano created the first Human Rights Documentary Scholarship at Concordia University by raising funds through film screenings and Human Rights events.

The popularity of Damiano’s passion for Human Rights caught the attention of several experts in the field of international relations. Consequently, in 2013, Damiano was invited to speak at a United Nations conference on Multimedia and Multiculturalism.

After leaving JHR Concordia, Damiano started focusing his attention on the new field of psychedelic journalism and is currently working on de-conditioning the general public thinking regarding the stigma on psychedelic medicine. His goal is to make people aware that psychedelic medicine and native remedies are viable options to treat common mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Education:

Damiano is currently finishing a BA degree in Political Science and Human Rights at Concordia University in Montreal.

 

1. What makes a great social media site? 

Personally, I am a junkie for anything that changes my already established frame of mind. To me, a great Social Media website needs to be able to engage its audience with dangerous ideas that shake the status quo and challenge their views by constantly presenting new facts and by investing in the users that do just that.

 

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

I get my news from several mainstream and alternative news sources but Social Media websites are my number one place to get great content. I like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit because they allow me to start a conversation on topics that aren’t often seen or explored by mainstream news. Because I am a news junkie I also check the mainstream news cycle but I believe that social media allows me to interact with new ideas and new ways of looking at the world that I would not have if I only stuck to mainstream news outlets.

 

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

I really like podcasts. Podcasts offer news that can be consumed anywhere and at any time. In the ever-changing world we live in today, most of us are constantly moving from one place to another. I believe that consumers of podcasts are able to get their news from multiple sources while doing simple everyday things such as taking the bus or cleaning the house. This allows the everyday person, one that does not necessarily work in the news industry, to stay up to date with what is going on around the world in an fast and effective manner.

 

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

I am really proud of the first pitch I made for Newsana which was a story by the LA Times called “Exploring therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress“. I like this story because it gets people to reconsider their idea regarding this substance, which is largely seen as a recreational drug and something that is ultimately not that great for society. I believe that nothing is black or white and that everything is a different shade of grey. One needs to be able to critically think about any information he/she is presented with and stories that shake the common conceptions that society has are my favourite.

 

5. What’s the best part of Newsana?

I joined Newsana as soon as I heard of Ben Peterson’s idea to make a social media network for people that are addicted to news like myself. To me, the best part of Newsana is that it offers a seamless way of sharing news through the in-browser share button and a community based interaction that votes on stories that are deemed important by people that value news. I believe that as Newsana develops, the community and the upcoming features on the site are going to revolutionize how we share news and I am honoured to be part of the first people to be in this community of great storytellers.

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 breaking news, finance and economics, future of journalism, and creative technology.

 

1. Douglas Robb shared change in Britain policies on cigarettes “Britain says ready to ban all branding on cigarette packs

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2. Michael Welyki discussed budget cut on public health service in Canada, “How Ottawa is giving up its active role in health spending

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3. Adam Hutton pitched self-promotion versus productivity, “Special Series: Journalists as Brands

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4. Jascha Jabes posted “Katsuyama vs. O’Brien – who won the fight?

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5. Michael Kaufman shared “What If Web Browsing Were Like A Virtual Reality Videogame?”

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