This week was a big one for those who aspire to “fix” news on the internet. Consider the following three developments.
- Ezra Klein, a well known writer formerly with Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post, announced that he is starting a new internet-based publication at Vox Media. His goal with the new publication is to improve how news delivers, “crucial context alongside information.” No launch date was mentioned
- Jason Calacanis, a well-known blog entrepreneur who sold Weblogs, Inc. to AOL, launched Inside.com. Inside.com essentially offers a stream of news that is curated by people and optimized for mobile devices. According to Calacanis’s launch blog post Inside.com aims to help people navigate, “this new world filled with social media, blogging and stories breaking in real time…”
- Facebook announced Paper. Paper is a standalone iPhone app that aims to help people, “explore and share stories from friends and the world around you.” Like Inside.com, Paper features curated content, but it also integrates a person’s Facebook News Feed and allows people to publish their own stories. The Paper app launches on February 3.