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Continue the Conversation with us on Slack

If you're particularly interested in Newsphere and the work going on behind the scenes, we welcome you to join us on Slack. We actively use Slack to solicit feedback and converse with users in a much more intimate way than what is possible via email. Our goal is to foster a strong community of individuals who care about the news and how it is delivered. We believe a great way to build this is via conversations and story telling.

If you're interested in joining us, you can continue the conversation on Slack at the following link:
https://join.slack.com/t/newspherecommunity/shared_invite/zt-dsce98hg-ZutLhjMB8kpmzfEK2lI3yg

Hopefully we'll be chatting with some of you soon!

Seeking Feedback

When you use Newsphere, is there anything you'd like changed? Any features that you feel like are missing? Please let us know. Our goal is to make an easy to use, informative site, and that means hearing from you, the users. Email us at alex@newsphere.org if there is anything you'd like to see changed. Considering the site is still in its early stages, we're anticipating quite a few things that need to be fixed, which is ok!

Looking forward to hearing from y'all.

- Brandon

The Future of News

Here at Newsphere, we are trying our best to improve how we all consume the news. The trend has already been for news consumption to shift from physical newspapers to online mediums. Yet, with that has come extensive sharing of fake or misleading articles, often on platforms like Facebook. This is especially relevant during elections, when the truth about candidates can often make or break their hopes of winning an election.

We are hoping that as we continue to make iterations on our Newsphere website, we'll be able to provide contextualized stories that capture the range of events leading up to the specific story you're researching. We believe news headlines are only as good as the context that is provided for them, which is why we're really passionate about the timeline we've created. It was originally in a horizontal format, however we are currently testing it out as a vertical timeline. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated as we're still editing th…

Coronavirus: The Great Unmasker

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Coronavirus: The Great UnmaskerAs of the time that I am writing this, there are over 100,000 cases and 3,500 deaths attributed to Coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV (officially known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19). Every day, the number of cases and deaths increases, with South Korea and Italy being the main hotbeds outside of China, and the United States appearing to be on the verge of a large outbreak with small clusters popping up from LA to New York. Rather than discussing the science behind the virus or the statistics behind it’s growth, areas that I’m no expert in, I’d prefer to take a look at the macro impacts of the virus on our daily life in both the short term and long term. Before I continue, I’d like to preface this by acknowledging that I am not a cultural anthropologist, biologist, professor, or industry leader by any means, but the purpose of me writing this is to lay out my observations as a 21 year-old college student in the midst of what feels like a time of great tensi…

2nd Place @ Heller Startup Challenge

Newsphere placed 2nd out of nine teams competing in the Heller School Social Enterprise Startup Challenge pitch competition at Brandeis University. The event took place over a three day span from October 18th-20th. Over those three days we refined our business plan, updated our slidedeck, and practiced our pitch. On Sunday evening we pitched to a panel of 5 judges from various industries ranging from legal services to financial consultants. As a result of coming in 2nd place, we earned $500 to use towards expanding Newsphere!

AP News Discussion

We just had a call with a representative of A.P News to discuss what challenges they face when trying to sift through all of the news headlines and what methods they currently use to spread their content on the web. This talk has helped us refine our target market and continue to improve the Newsphere. Exciting things to come!

Joining the Newsphere

My name is Brandon Musto and I joined the Newsphere team in the beginning of September, 2019. As a student at Brandeis University studying business and history, I have always had a fascination with how both areas intersect. When I first joined the team, I was amazed with Newsphere and it’s potential to revolutionize the way we consume news. A big part of making Newsphere work as best as possible is understanding what the market is and who would benefit the most from our website, which I hope to help with over the course of the next few months.