Imagine, you read an article on something like Facebook or the NYTimes - and it hits you. You become enraged, curious, or passionate. Maybe you share it on social media or email it to a friend. But then the coverage stops, and the story is gone.
Current news coverage aims to entertain and excite you, but not to include you. It keeps you alarmed but doesn’t push for a solution. It dictates what it wants to cover and for exactly how long. But what about the stories you want to be explored? What about the stories that feel unresolved?
Commit News is an app that bucks the traditional news cycle and empowers our community to act as editor-in-chief. We will investigate the stories that matter to you - when mainstream media kills a story, we do the digging you deserve.
how does commit news work
As a member of our community, you are invited to track news that matters to you and support stories you feel need deeper investigation.
Unlike a lot of news apps out there, we don't compete as a traditional news source or an algorithm that predicts what you’ll want to read. Read news from the sources you prefer and point us to the stories you feel need further follow-up. Stories with the most commitment get assigned to one of our freelance journalists for an investigative article. Without the pressure of a 24-hour news cycle, our writers have the freedom to produce something that’s more substance than click-bait.
When you stumble onto a story that moves you, click on the “Share To” button and choose the Commit News icon. The act of committing to a story is just as easy as pinning a picture with Pinterest.
why you want to be a part of it
The only way anything changes is awareness. News coverage is so important because it dictates the conversation. If we influence news coverage, we shape conversation and progress happens. Commit News doesn't change how you read the news; we just make it count.
- Reimagine the news subscription to be a kind of micro-activism where your support of a story directly impacts its coverage, and coverage keeps the conversation alive
- Evolve news from product to an active relationship between a journalist and their audience
why investigative journalism
When most of us hear "investigative journalism," we think big exposés or massive corruption. But investigative journalism can also contextualize issues, humanize subjects, and give dimensions to a story beyond the surface of a headline.
It’s a dying practice that is seeing massive budget cuts and declining support. But throughout our history, investigative reporting has been the catalyst for change across industries, policies, and society. Investigative journalism can play such a critical part in our world, but it's fading away fast.
what does this first round cover
Crowd-funding allows us to move quickly and independently. For this first round of funding, we're hoping to lay a solid groundwork to put the idea into practice.
- Build and beta test the app
- Expand our roster of trusted writers
- Produce and publish an inaugural investigative article within the year (distributed to our Kickstarter supporters)
If we can break down the news cycle and influence coverage - the possibilities are endless.
Currently, we're focused on the US, but it’s a model and idea that we feel must go global.
Big thanks to everyone for taking a look at our campaign. You're backing an evolution in how we relate to news. We appreciate your support, input, and imagination.
Special thanks to Live Art Love Creative Company, Jessica Boddicker UX, Taleen Ananian Communications, and the rest of the Commit News Team.
Risks and challenges
Commit News is relatively early in our development. We are launching this Kickstarter to gauge public interest - wholeheartedly asking if people are interested in shaping their news.
In the current market, Consumers face so much information and so many choices that it makes it difficult to take action. It's our goal to inspire passionate people to take charge of the media they consume. Though it's always a challenge to get a new idea adopted, we believe now is the perfect time to disrupt the traditional news cycle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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