I’ve bumped into Nate a few times over the years – he’s a researcher at MIT and elsewhere with a passion for local media. His current project is with Fuse Labs and he’s looking for recruits – William
Would anyone like to test NewsPad, software to support local bloggers?
Here at Microsoft Fuse Labs, we’re doing research to better understand the role that local bloggers have in supporting connected communities. Last year, a Fuse intern developed Whooly, a system for automatically finding local tweets. This year, we’re working on NewsPad, an app for writing stories together as a community.
Bloggers we interviewed in Seattle reported sometimes feeling overwhelmed with the number of emails from neighbors who wanted stories to be told, but who weren’t quite sure how to write a good story. Many of the bloggers had full-time jobs elsewhere and could rarely be on site to get a photo.
I developed NewsPad to make it easier for bloggers to ask for help on stories. The interface helps writers create a headline, structure their article, embed media, and ask for contributions from others. Since posts can be embedded into your site as they enfold, we’re hoping that collaborative writing attracts more readers to your local content.
NewsPad is a research experiment, and we’re looking for hyperlocal bloggers to write two posts and give us feedback. Recent articles written with NewsPad include this article on the Seattle Zombie Walk and this PBS post on civic technology design.
To sign up, visit newspad.at and fill in the form. Thanks!
Founder of Talk About Local, Trustee of the Indigo Trust, member of UK Government transparency panels, former Policy Advisor to UK Prime Minister, former Cabinet Office senior civil servant.Open data do-er, Kings Cross London blogger. Loves countryside. Two kids, not enough sleep.
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