Aine McGuire, CMO: “Scraperwiki is a place where a community of coders and data scientists congregate to sift data. it’s also a data hub, a place for collection of information into a database and turning it into a form that people can use. Our business is ‘software as a service’.
We have a web-based platform where programmers write scripts to get, clean and analyse data sets. They can simply schedule code to run automatically, and they can reuse the structured data with our flexible API. We also have a data request service, which enables businesses to work with our data scientists and extract value from data. They can see their data being created, control access to it, and download the resulting spreadsheets.
Dijonscope is a regional online news site with a strong identity for independent journalism. It is the first online daily regional to be officially recognised as a press organisation under French authorities. The mission statement representing the work of the journalists on the site is impassioned: Inform, investigate, and criticize.
The team of Dijon-based journalists focus on quality rather than quantity, with editorial decisions being more about cutting-edge investigative or informative reporting than following the day-to-day highlights from institutes – formerly the fodder of regional printed press. Their value for readers is in creating ‘ a rigorous and independent range of information, drawn and filtered by journalists and correspondents whose intellectual integrity is uncompromising’.
“Blottr is a citizen journalism news service that enables anyone to capture, report and collaborate on news they are witnessing from mobile to web instantly.
When I was watching the atrocities of 9/11 unfold, I was surprised it took CNN as long as it did to break the coverage of what was going on. Yet there were hundreds of people capturing the footage without an outlet for it. Then, maybe 2 years ago, I saw a documentary using that footage the citizens had been capturing, and it was really powerful – raw, really engaging. It got me thinking that there’s got to be a better way to enable people on the scene to report the news. I’m also a news junkie, I really love news. Here in the UK paywalls are going up and the mainstream media is laying off lots of editorial staff. So I thought this is probably a really good time to launch a service like Blottr.
Elisabetta Tola, founder of Formica Blu, explains:
“Formica Blu focuses on journalism and science communication, using a cross-media approach that embraces paper, TV, radio and web. Beside our webzine and a web radio, we work as subcontractors for several news outlets (magazines, national and local radios, TV); we assist science editors, research groups and public organizations with information dissemination, communication plans, post-graduate training and audio-video productions. Although journalism (with that I mean our radio show “Radio3 Scienze” and our support to Wired, L’Espresso, Le Scienze, Mente&Cervello) guarantees us high visibility, the most of our profit comes from communication products. We also have independent science communication projects for which we seek bottom-up financing.”
“GIGAZINE” is an online magazine. The name is coined from the words “gigabyte” and “magazine”, and relates to the fact that the website contains gigabytes of information.
The website has gained popularity by covering a variety of news topics, including contents related to Information Technology, current affairs as well as news at home and abroad. Review on software, hardware and online service, in addition to event reports and interviews are also covered.
Videonews.com is Japan’s first internet news television specializing in news, and was set up by Japan’s pioneering video journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo. Mr. Jimbo saw the need for a truly independent news television station that did not rely on advertising revenue.
The main program available on Video News is “Maru-geki Talk On Demand” and “News Commentary”, both anchored by Mr. Jimbo and sociologist Shinji Miyadai. Past guests have included such big names as Japan’s prime minister and cabinet members. Staff meetings are held to decide on what topics to investigate, but the lineup can be changed in the event a major news story comes up. In March 2011, a camera team was sent in to report on the devastation of the Japan Earthquake for a special report.
Journalism.co.uk is a digital B2B website serving journalists and media professionals. It offers news services about industry movers and shakers, directories and advice/panels. The business, Mousetrap Media, now also runs news:rewired events as a spin-off from the website, which are a key part of the brand.
It competes and is complemented by Holdthefrontpage.co.uk, Media Guardian, and the Press Gazette. There was ‘nothing very clever’ about the idea but it does well from recruitment advertising in journalism because it targeted a niche and brought that together. Even Media Guardian offered journalism jobs mixed in with marketing and PR. ‘That was the big idea. The editorial is key to me. This is not just about making money. Business ethos is about how do we support the editorial. It has been a long hard struggle.’
Audioboo. Because sound is social. They are a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear.
“The idea for the media product came from two reasons. The first was my mum dying and I suddenly realised her voice had gone. She had an amazing life and it was such a pity that had all gone. In 2008 we were working with Channel 4 when they were going to launch DAB radio and we realised how great it would be to have a mobile device to record and take pictures and grab location. C4 said fantastic so we sketched and built it. However the recession happened and it was clear C4 weren’t going to launch so we thought we would build it any way and in March 2009 we launched. We put it in the App store and didn’t think much more of it. But then loads of journalistic producers found usage for it: the G20 protests for Guardian and Radio One listeners massively caught on. Lots of people started using it. So the growth was quite serendipitous as we realised we were hitting a great market. The USP of the product: We’re all about real-time spoken word, whereas Soundcloud is about musics. They don’t do real-time particularly well. Our content is about trying to find clips pretty quickly. It’s focus on spoken word and audio books.”
Portal Parados is a Spanish online website that delivers information about employment, learning courses, activities and psychological assistance to a particular niche audience: un-employed citizens. It has been launched in 2009, and since then it is the only website in the country dedicated to this type of audience.