Alberto Nardelli, CEO: “Tweetminster is a news platform. We curate news and opinion around any topic, industry or market. It’s a media platform that helps people and organizations discover the most relevant content about their personal interest by dynamically analyzing and organizing in real-time what networks and experts of influence around any topic, industry or market are paying attention to. What that means translated is that we analyze what experts on anything are paying attention to. Then we organize that content and those trends in real-time.
We build technologies that identify experts and then analyze that network. We operate as a public service in politics and current affairs and we work with clients around any topic – from Formula 1 to trading in the Middle East.
Webronza is a renewed and online version of a liberal, forum-like magazine called ‘Ronza’ in Japan. ‘Ronza’ started in 1994 but was faced with suspension of publication in 2008 due to its small circulation.
The main contents of ‘Webronza’ fall into the following 5 categories: ‘Politics/International’, ‘Economy/Employment’, ‘Society/Media’, ‘Science/Environment’, ‘Culture/Entertainment’. With around 30 writers for each category, almost 150 writers，in and out of the company, are updating their opinion on latest issues.
In addition, special edition and features are updated on time, and literary reportages are also published. These are not free of charge with JPY 735 (tax included) for a package of all categories. JPY 262 (tax include) is for one category if contents are not subscribed to in a package. What’s more, even if there are free contents, ‘Webronza’ is making an effort to transfer their subscribers into those who pay to read. These contents include: corner of young researchers, overseas information, noteworthy blogs and NPO information, to name a few.
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“Mediapart** is an online newspaper launched in 2008 by Edwy Plenel, former executive editor of Le Monde. Its intent is to provide independent journalism with a strong emphasis on investigative stories along with scoops on politics and economics. Since the launch Mediapart stressed the need of creating an alternative to the “”dangerous liaisons”” which – according to its founders – exist in France among the political, economic and media worlds. Often very critical of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Mediapart became internationally popular in 2009, when the website published the first secret tape recordings that stirred up the Bettencourt-Woerth scandal. The case created a political earthquake in France.
OurPlanetTV is a non-profit alternative media organization that develops its own documentary and interview shows, and uploads them onto the internet. Although the group reports on a variety of social issues, its main focus is reporting on everyday life issues. Using community groups, movements, and labor organizations as their information sources, OurPlanetTV documents things happening in local areas and communities, mainly through videos.
“Mangas Verdes” is a journalistic blog that gives information about 4 specific issues: Technology, Politics, Arts & Games. It was created, according to its CEO, Manuel Almeyda, to express “ideas not given in traditional mass media”.
Notonthewires is an alternative news provider priding itself on in-depth coverage of otherwise untold stories, analysis and insight. It is a multimedia production platform with an innovative content management system.
Presented through eye-catching photography, video and innovative interactive features – the team investigate the other side of a rapidly changing world. Part of the strategy is to publish less often but higher quality, which can be as little as once a month but they are avoiding the news agenda.
Not on the Wires is updated throughout the year from its headquarters, Silk Road Studios in London. Led by its co-founders, it has a network of contributors reporting from São Paulo to Tashkent, Cape Town to Buenos Aires, and the network is growing. The sell is “It’s your world, discover more about it with us.”
The general business plan is based on a growing understanding that young people are starting to think outside of the box.”
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It was set up to counter the bias of men in the media. A snapshot across the world in the media would show about 25% are about women in their subject and very few used as experts and interview subjects. Many news editors are men so they filter the news through their lens, and have a view as to what is interesting. We cover a lot from the UN which you just don’t see in the mainstream press. It is about giving a voice to women and the things that matter to them.
“Perlentaucher is an internet-only culture magazine offering an extensive daily press roundup in combination with our own reporting. We aim to engage ourselves actively in cultural, political and internet-related debates. In addition to such important subject areas as literature and film, we also cover a wide mixture of other cultural themes in our reporting.”
Netzpolitik is a (German) blog about how the internet changes politics and how politics changes the internet. Themes that interest us are for example data privacy, copyright law and other issues dealing with internet policy. On the other hand we advocate for more transparency and citizen participation so that people can better influence and change political processes.
Uusi Suomi Ltd. is a privately owned web publisher, located in Helsinki, Finland. Company publishes web newspaper Uusi Suomi (uusisuomi.fi) which continues the journalistic traditions of Uusi Suomi, a conservative Finnish newspaper which operated between 1919-1991.
Uusi Suomi is currently the most successful independent news site in Finland. The special features of this web newspaper – concentrated much on social issues – are independent news production and active and polemic discussions. Uusi Suomi has a popular blog section called Puheenvuoro (puheenvuoro.uusisuomi.fi) and its prominent bloggers have succeeded in starting many important debates on the national level.