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PostDesk: The Latest Long-Form Journalism Startup

With the increase of bite-size portions of information, it’s no surprise that startups are trying to figure out the best model for long-form journalism on the web. Like the Kickstarter project Matter, U.K. startup PostDesk is looking to provide quality long-form content and discussion online. Unlike Matter, which charges readers 99 cents per article, articles on PostDesk are free thanks to launch partners and sponsors for different sections.

PostDesk bills itself as a place for “independent long form content such as in-depth news, reviews, investigative journalism, analysis, critique and controversial opinion pieces.” The site is community oriented and seeks to provide an online space not only for reading but for conversation on the issues it covers: tech, gaming, business, culture and politics. Content is produced in-house, but also includes submitted content through links. According to BetaKit, it will pay its contributors through a revenue-sharing model. Read more

“Scroll Kit” Tool For De-Templated Design Goes Live, Adds New Features

Synchronized perfectly with the start of the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Cody Bown and Kate Ray have announced improvements to their design tool, Scroll Kit.

You may remember we wrote about Scroll Kit back in October when it was in super-beta and you could only request invites. The tool allows you to step outside the templatized world of news design, where every headline is the same size and every photo is placed in the same spot no matter how important the story or good the art. The concept of customized design tailored to each story is the nexus of print design, but isn’t transferred to web design at all. Scroll Kit lets you easily take advantage of what the web has to offer in terms of design using drag ‘n drop tools. See a live demo if you want to play around with layers, colors, fonts and the other new features.  Read more

Newsmotion Takes A New Approach To ‘Civic Journalism’

Newsmotion is a startup journalism project that seeks to give voice to important international stories, but do so in an artistic, narrative way. In this new model of “civic media,” the organization wants to communicate stories in a way that connects people around issues and gives a voice to the voiceless, all while promoting open access to information through open source tools.  Read more

4 Ways to Build Sustainable Journalism Startups

Renaissance Journalism Center

In the current media landscape where online startups are looking to fill the void left by wilting traditional media, starting a business is only the beginning. Though first steps are important, many startups are starting to face problems in sustaining their enterprises. This is what a new study by the Renaissance Journalism Center seeks to understand. The study surveyed 32 media startups to see what challenges they are facing in terms of preserving and obtaining funds. What can we learn from these findings to help build sustainable journalism startups?

1. Be on the lookout for new sources of revenue

Most of the startups surveyed (71.9 percent) are non-profits that received initial funding in the form of foundation grants. But grants are more difficult to obtain for existing sites so many of the organizations are finding themselves short of resources. Foundations are more interested in funding new journalistic experiments, not helping existing ones survive. That means startups need to be resourceful: build relationships with local journalism experts from schools, trade organizations, and angel investor groups. Communicating with similar startups can encourage idea sharing about new streams of revenue.

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Clipboard Lets You Embed Pieces Of Webpages

A new startup called Clipboard lets you snap pieces of websites and save a cached, embeddable version. Using the web app’s bookmarklet, you can enable the bookmark on any site, hover over an element you want to save, then publish it to the world. For example, below are three clips I’ve saved from The New York Times, LA Times and Atlantic’s website centerpieces:


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