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NowPublic partners with AP

The news just keeps getting better. Today the Associated Press (AP) and NowPublic announced that they have agreed to a deal that will bring NowPublic's citizen content into AP's news gathering network. According to the press release, the two companies will work together to explore ways of involving NowPublic's on-the-ground network of news contributors with AP's breaking news coverage – increasing the worlds access to news as it happens.

To put this into perspective, on any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP – so this is an unparalleled distribution opportunity for citizen created content and contributors to NowPublic. And of course, as NowPublic is built on Drupal, it's good news for Drupal too.

(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)

NowPublic names Chairman of the Board

NowPublic just announced that former MSNBC editor-in-chief Merrill Brown will become Chairman of the Board. Remarkable!

(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)

NowPublic flirts with ABC News

Last week, NowPublic redesigned once more. They just keep getting better! If you don't know NowPublic, it is a Drupal website that is a combination of Slashdot, Digg and Flickr (albeit not as popular yet). Every user can help report the news, provide valuable information, footage, context and insight.

What is more? As of this week, ABC News and NowPublic started to flirt by sharing some footage. That is good news because every other day, news organizations around the planet announce that they are going to take a similar approach and tap into the wisdom of crowds.

(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)

NowPublic gets 1.4 million USD

NowPublic, a citizen journalism website built on Drupal, closed 1.4 million USD in angel financing. The internet is reshaping the future of news, information and journalism.

(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)

NowPublic launches new website

NowPublic launched their new website today! Think of NowPublic as a combination of Slashdot, Digg and Flickr (albeit not as popular yet). Contributors share the news they read as well as original content that they write, creating a popularity index or "best of the news" which readers can then view by the subjects and locations that interest them. In addition, members can also contribute to any story by adding audio, video, and photos. Of course, they are using Drupal.

(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)

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