Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Newsana has a new owner

Dear Newsanaites,

It is with great joy (and a touch of grieving) that I hereby announce has been purchased by my friends at Relish Interactive.

Don’t worry – Newsana is in good hands. Relish has vowed to not only keep Newsana up and running, but to take our community to the next level.

Relish is one of Toronto’s most accomplished digital development shops, with a growing portfolio of digital content startups under their roof. Newsana will fit right in there – especially considering their team has played a huge role in building Newsana from day one. All said, I’m confident that under Relish’s watch will only get stronger with age.

On a personal note, thank you. Thank you for being a part of Newsana and thank you for making this one of the most rewarding periods of my professional life. I’ve learned heaps about start-ups, digital media, management and myself. I even know a little about coding, hipsters and cat photos now. It’s been a great ride (except for the damn cat photos)!

Warm Regards,
Ben Peterson


Newsana: Different pitching methods

There are two different way to pitch content to Newsana. This post will explain different pitching methods so you can find the one that’s right for you.

Using the Newsana bookmarklet:

Our bookmarklet lets you pitch your content quickly – straight from your browser without having to copy and paste the link; it works with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. You can get the Newsana bookmarklet here, as well as find instructions on how to add it to your browser.

Once you’ve added the bookmarklet to your browser all you need to do is click on “Pitch to Newsana” when you’ve found content you’d like to share – the bookmarklet will then take you straight to the page for writing your pitch.

Let say I decided I wanted to pitch this Toronto Star article about the new $100 Canadian bills. While still on the article’s page I would click the bookmarklet

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and then I would write my pitch:

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Once I was finished writing my pitch I would click “Assemble my Pitch”. This would take me to the next step where I would double check the title, article excerpt, select an image, and enter the author’s name and some keywords.

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Once I was happy with all of those, I’d click “Submit my Pitch”. After that, the story would appear on Newsana for my fellow community members to read, vote and comment on.

Using the “Pitch an Essential Story” field

Another way to pitch to Newsana is to copy the link for the content you’d like to share and pasting it into the “Pitch and Essential Story” field at the top of the Newsana page. Using this field can be helpful if you prefer to keep separate tabs open for Newsana and the content you’re looking at (especially if you’d like to reference it while writing your pitch).

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After you’ve pasting the link, hit enter – you will be taken to the page to write your pitch.

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From this point on, the pitching process is exactly the same as using the bookmarklet. I would click “Assemble My Pitch” which would take me to the next step where I could double check the title, excerpt, select my image, and enter the author’s name and some keywords.

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All that’s left to do after that is click “Submit my Pitch”.

Now that you’re a pro at the mechanics of pitching you might want to review how to write an awesome pitch. For more info, tips and tricks check out the Newsana blog, for our top 5 tips for getting started in the Newsana community.