RJI Futures Lab #174: Mobile News App Discors

    by Rachel Wise
    December 5, 2016
    Basil Enan, the founder and CEO of Discors, discusses the mobile app that allows user to access licensed news and analysis from premium news organizations.

    Reporting by Jon Doty.

    Mobile app Discors is a news aggregator that licenses content from premium, often subscription-based, news organizations. The app pairs news stories with analysis, commentary and insights.

    For more information:

    • The Discors app is available on iOS and Android platforms. The newsreader and background information features are free. To access the analysis articles, users must sign up for a subscription of about $1 per month.
    • Discors has partnered with news organizations including The Washington Post, The Economist, CNN, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Foreign Policy and Tronc.
    • In July, Discors confirmed that it had raised $1.2 million from angel investors, founders and Matter Ventures, according to TechCrunch.
    • A small in-house editorial team selects articles from Discors’ partner publications and curates a feed that focuses on the top 15 to 20 stories each day. According to founder and Chief Executive Officer Basil Enan, they tend to focus on general interest news, politics, international news, business, technology and sometimes sports.

    Rachel Wise is an editor at the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

    RJI Futures Lab web bannerThe Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode.

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