Mixing public media and digital news startups can amplify the strengths of both — but not without risk – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Mixing public media and digital news startups can amplify the strengths of both — but not without risk  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
“startups when:1d” – Google News

What makes for robust local news provision? Looking at the structural correlates of local news coverage for an entire U.S. state, and mapping local news using a new method – Columbia Journalism Review

What makes for robust local news provision? Looking at the structural correlates of local news coverage for an entire U.S. state, and mapping local news using a new method  Columbia Journalism Review
“sweden startups when:7d” – Google News

What makes for robust local news provision? Looking at the structural correlates of local news coverage for an entire U.S. state, and mapping local news using a new method – Columbia Journalism Review

What makes for robust local news provision? Looking at the structural correlates of local news coverage for an entire U.S. state, and mapping local news using a new method  Columbia Journalism Review
“sweden startups when:7d” – Google News

Column, the startup to modernize public notices, announces deals with three newspaper chains – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Column, the startup to modernize public notices, announces deals with three newspaper chains  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
“startups when:1d” – Google News

Scroll, the ad-free news startup, tests a limited partnership with McClatchy – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Scroll, the ad-free news startup, tests a limited partnership with McClatchy  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
“startups when:1d” – Google News

Started® and NYU’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program Launch New Media Startup Accelerator – PR Web

Started® and NYU’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program Launch New Media Startup Accelerator  PR Web
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London-based Curio wants you to experience audio-based expert journalism; closes €7.6M Series A funding

While there is an increase in video consumption and screen time, London-based startup Curio focuses on audio. As we are constantly distracted by smartphone and computer screens, this startup has come up with an experience that lets people get smarter, become more empathetic to those around them, and feel happier. And, this is possible with audio!

Secures €7.6M funding 

Curio, the audio content platform that offers a curated library of expert journalism has secured $ 9M (nearly €7.6M) in Series A funding. This round was led by Earlybird, along with participation from Cherry Ventures, Draper Esprit, and Horizon Ventures. This investment follows the $ 2M (nearly €1.6M) investment that it previously raised from Cherry Ventures, 500 Startups and private angel investors – bringing the total amount raised to $ 11M to date. 

The London-based startup plans to deploy this investment to strengthen its presence in the US and UK markets. It is also planning to expand to other English speaking parts of the world including India, Australia, and South Africa. The company has partnered with leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, The Washington Post and more.  

Also, Curio will work closely with thought leaders to bring co-produced series and guest curation into the app. With the intention to offer personalisation, the startup wants to use more than 2 million monthly data points to improve AI-led personalisation. 

“We want to help everyone become wiser, empathetic, and fulfilled. I believe learning about ideas and insights shaping our future, and stories that move us can do exactly that,” says Govind Balakrishnan, Curio co-founder and CEO. “I’d never have imagined when growing up in India and listening to the BBC on shortwave radio, that I’d one day work there, let alone found a startup that is building the future of screenless media and empowering publishers in the process” he adds.  

Srikant Chakravarti, Curio co-founder and COO, says, “We have also developed a mix of curation and machine learning personalisation. With this combination, we believe that Curio can revolutionise how we all consume media and relate to it.”

Fabian Heilemann, a partner at Earlybird, will be joining Curio’s board. “Over the last five years, a boom of new technology brought exponential growth to the audio industry, impacting how media is consumed and produced. We, at Earlybird, share Curio’s vision of disrupting modern journalism through curated audio formats, and I am very excited to join the board. Being an early investor in the crowd-publishing platform Inkitt and a former consumer-tech entrepreneur myself, I am proud to support the exceptional team at Curio in scaling internationally” says Heilemann. 

Sound advice

Founded in 2016 by Balakrishnan, an ex-BBC strategist, and Chakravarti, a former solicitor, Curio provides an opportunity for people to learn from current world events in real-time via audio stories from reliable publications. 

While working with BBC, Balakrishnan noticed that exceptionally written pieces were getting lost into endless feeds of unorganised content. He realised that the world was not lacking compelling stories nor insights; it needed a more straightforward and engaging way for people to discover them. This instigated him to conceptualise Curio. 

Talking about the challenges he faced while setting up Curio, he tells Silicon Canals, “ The main challenge has to be related to starting a business from scratch. There’s no one with an absolute answer to what’s right and wrong. So you need to keep on trying, iterating, dropping ideas that you once thought were great, and most importantly, keeping focus, staying curious, and asking questions. Most of all you have to be passionate about the problem you are solving as you end up spending an awfully long time on it!”

The Curio app is free to download and provides monthly and yearly subscriptions costing £5.99 and £44.99 respectively for those who want unlimited access to the content library and listen to unlimited stories. Notably, Curio was named the App of the Year by Google and also featured in the Apple Keynote launch event. In 2020, Curio has already been featured over 220 times on the App Store across the world. 

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Curio, the curated audio platform for journalism, has closed $9M Series A funding

Curio, the burgeoning audio platform that offers a curated library of “expert” journalism, has closed $ 9 million in Series A round funding.

The round is led by Earlybird, with participation from Draper Esprit, Cherry Ventures and Horizons Ventures. It follows $ 2 million in previous backing from Cherry, 500 Startups and unnamed private angel investors, bringing the total amount raised to $ 11 million to date.

Founded in 2016 by Govind Balakrishnan, an ex-BBC strategist, and Srikant Chakravarti, a former solicitor, London-based Curio offers a curated library of journalism translated into and presented as audio, letting listeners get their daily fix of news and analysis. More than 50 publications are curated on the app, including the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Financial Times, and specialist titles such as Wired, MIT Technology Review and Aeon.

The audio articles are narrated by professional voice actors. Listeners can browse by new stories, most played, categories and publication, and also discover new tracks on playlists curated bi-weekly by the Curio editorial team. In addition, you can click on “read along” on the app to access the original text via the publisher’s website, therefore helping to drive traffic to the original publisher.

“We are here to help people learn through quality journalism and great stories,” says Balakrishnan. “Curio is a premium audio platform with a curated library of expert journalism. It provides listeners with stories and insights on critical topics shaping our world, helping them learn and grow.

“Journalism has come to be narrowly associated with breaking news. However, it encompasses thoughtful opinions, insightful analyses and bold investigations. Some of the biggest ideas shaping our world are being discussed by opinion formers on our publisher partners, and offer an unprecedented opportunity for consumers to learn and grow. Audio allows people to go deeper and learn as they go about their everyday lives.”

That thesis appears to be resonating with users. Balakrishnan tells me that Curio’s largest subscriber group is 24 to 35-year-olds, and the service reaches roughly the same number of women and men. “Over 60% of our current subscribers are not existing podcast/audio listeners,” he says. “In this sense we see a big opportunity in helping a broader range of people who are interested in quality journalism.” Noteworthy, 70% of Curio’s audience is outside the U.S. and roughly 40% is non-western markets.

To that end, Curio says it will use the injection of capital to strengthen its position in the U.S. and U.K. markets, while also expanding to other English-speaking parts of the world, including India, Australia and South Africa. It also has a number of co-produced series and guest curations in the pipeline, alongside what it describes as “AI-led” personalisation and commissioning based on more than 2 million monthly data points.

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Belling the cat: Online ad revenues can help pay for journalism. Australia tells Google, Facebook to share – The Times of India Blog

Belling the cat: Online ad revenues can help pay for journalism. Australia tells Google, Facebook to share  The Times of India Blog
“startups when:1d” – Google News