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Newser is an online news site that aggregates news information from over 1000 sources and then writes summaries of articles from these sources. It was launched in October 2007 by a CEO Patrick Spain, Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff, General Manager John Filut and Caroline Miller, former editor-in-chief of New York magazine. The company split from HighBeam Research, Inc. in December 2008 after the latter was sold to educational publisher Gale.

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URL newser.com
Type of site News
Available language(s) English
Launched October 2007
Current status Active

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Content

Newser's main purpose is to summarize the top news stories from around the web so that readers can read all the top news, in one place, in a quick, timely format. From Newser's home page:

Face it: there's too much news. At Newser, we choose the most important stories from hundreds of US and international sources and reduce them to a headline, picture, and two paragraphs. And we do it 24/7—you can come back morning, noon, night (and in between) for something new that matters. Read less, know more. [1]

The most popular news source is the Associated Press, followed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Reuters. Along with these and other major news sources, Newser also uses lesser-known and alternative sources such Smoking Gun, Politico, Huffington Post, Mashable, Talking Points Memo, and hundreds other sources.

Design

Newser uses a grid that displays multiple stories and allows a user to scroll over each news item for a quick summary. From there, the user can click to read the news summary or read the full news story from the source.

A user can customize the grid to show either hard or soft news. Hard news focuses on financial, political, and world events, while soft news shows stories about arts and living, gossip, and movie news. Furthermore, a user can choose how many stories he or she wants to see on the grid, ranging from 9 stories to 42, by using the slider under "Customize Page".

The grid was created because Newser believes that the world wide web is best experienced visually [2]. The inspiration for the grid comes from the popular TV game show, Hollywood Squares. Newser's home page blends the three main ways that news is delivered on the Web: top down traditional editorial (e.g., The New York Times and CNN), machine aggregated (e.g., Google News) and user recommended news (e.g., NewsVine and Digg).

Features

Newser is an interactive site. Users can post comments about all stories.

Off The Grid features daily opinion articles by founder Michael Wolff and other Newser writers and editors. Off The Grid articles illustrate the story behind the news. They often link multiple Newser stories together with a common theme.

Traffic

Traffic on Newser has grown steadily since its launch. As of May 2009, Newser was viewed by more than 2 million unique visitors per month[3]. The site hopes to hit 5 million by the end of the year [2].

In October 2008, Newser became a partner in the Womensforum network.[4]

Reception

Newser has been the topic of extensive commentary, mainly because the site is a radical departure from typical news sites. The New York Times’s Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, said the site “looks like one of the best I’ve seen.”[5] PaidContent.org wrote that the site “helps in efficient news consumption.”[6]

However, Gawker.com has not been too positive about the site, and Jeff Bercovici, formerly of Portfolio magazine has been critical of Newser founder Michael Wolff.[7].

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