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    New Tools For Journalists From TechCrunch 50

    by Chris O'Brien
    September 17, 2009
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    Earlier this week, I spent two days at the TechCrunch 50 conference in San Francisco. The conference organizers pick 50 web companies who officially launch at the conference. The overall group was pretty mixed, but a few start-ups offer interesting services or ideas that might be of interest to folks thinking about the future of news and information. Here’s a selection:

    • Citysourced: The company has a platform for “citizens to identify civic issues (potholes, graffiti, trash, snow removal, etc.) and report them to City Hall for quick resolution.” They are launching soon with a project with the city of San Jose. For now, you can sign up to be alerted when the full site is launched.
    • Insttant: The site provides “real time people-generated news.” According to the founders, Insttant will use “Twitter’s public stream to generate a comprehensive overview of what’s happening in real time through headlines and visuals.” You can sign up to get an invite to the beta.
    • DocWrite: An iPhone application that allows you to easily perform dictation and transcription. The sound file is automatically uploaded to a site where you can listen to it while using a window to type up the transcription. (Yes, you still do the transcription yourself.) Still, it could be handy for journalists.
    Tagged: citysourced docwrite insttant tc50 techcrunch50
    • Re: Citysourced. Check out the excellent http://www.fixmystreet.com in the UK which does the same thing. Also worth a look is http://www.whatdotheyknow.com from the same people.

      Andy

    • Andy: Thanks for pointing toward those…

    • On the topic of citizen participation:

      Have you seen SeeClickFix? Tim O’Rielly mentioned during the Citysourced presentation. Launched over a year ago with mobile app, website, and free data feeds. Lots of users and governments participating already.

      Miles

    • Citysourced looks like a very valuable app. It seems like programs such as this have been springing up all over the place. However this app with its ability to send photos hopefully will get things done.

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