June 1, 2011 in News (E)
[prMac.com] New York, New York - Meporter, a local mobile newsdesk for professional and citizen journalists, announced its launch at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday, May 24 in New York City. The company is one of 29 startups selected to launch during the event's Startup Battlefield. The Startup Battlefield event at Disrupt features 29 companies (one being Meporter) to compete to be the winner.
Local community members can pinpoint where news is happening down to the street address or intersection. News eyewitnesses can use Meporter to report on anything from traffic and weather, to nightlife, local politics, entertainment, or anything else. Meporter stories can be shared in the Meporter community and with friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook.
"Mobile and social media play an increasingly significant role in the reporting of breaking news events in local communities around the world," said Andy Leff, CEO, Meporter. "Meporter extends the power of citizen journalism, offering an easy way to report and share an eyewitness' view of local news as it's happening."
Meporter's eyewitness check-in feature allows others to post their own accounts of a news event along with video and photos. Contributors can earn "Press Passes," offering rewards for Meporters who reach contributed content milestones. Press Passes are redeemable for items in the Meporter store, including partner merchandise and offers.
Meporter's familiar mobile and social design features enable Meporter contributors to get started quickly. A customizable profile allows contributors to create their unique Meporter identity. Pinpoint mapping offers a geolocal view of news.
"The growth of location awareness and multimedia capabilities in smartphones create unique market conditions to arm citizens to capture and report on local news and events," said Mike Boland, senior analyst with BIA/Kelsey. "When you also consider the continued growth of social sharing for pictures, video and status, it's a timely opportunity for Meporter."
Meporter features standard news categories for an intuitive user and audience experience. Categories include: announcements, business, classifieds, crime, entertainment, health, nightlife and events, odd news, opinion, politics and government, real estate, restaurants, science and technology, sports, style, traffic, travel and weather.
Meporter has teamed up with several events and publications, including Vans Warped Tour, Forbes Magazine, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour, and Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Each event and publication will have select Meporter Press Passes (and prizes when available) for Meporters once they have completed certain criteria. Meporter is also launching a massive social media contest called the "Million Man Launch" to gain awareness about the app.
* Report the news as it happens
* Find stories happening around you via map
* No character limit on stories
* Add photo, video and text to your news story
* Allow others to add to your story
* Share and connect with your friends on facebook and twitter
* iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.2 MB
Meporter 1.1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively in the App Store in the News Category. An Android version of the app is in development.
Located in Philadelphia, PA, Meporter was founded in 2010 by Andy Leff - Everyone knows that nothing gets stale as fast as yesterday's news. Welcome to Meporter, a location-based news app that enables you to write, photograph and video your local news as it breaks. But that's not all. Meporter makes the stories available to anyone in the world with a mobile phone or an Internet connection. When you witness breaking news - simply use your iPhone or your iPod touch to take a picture or make a video, write up your story, add a headline, and post it for the world to see. All Material and Software (C) 2007 - 2011 Meporter / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.