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Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula

Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula | Ma collection |

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 2, 2013 5:59 AM

If you were wondering how likely it is that news curation may become a key strategy for offering quality local news, you should check out this three-year old project called The Breaking News Network.

BNN, founded by Pat Kitano, already covers 350 cities worldwide by curating the most interesting local news stories from indigenous blogs and RSS feeds and having a unique focus on supporting community voices and interests.

BNN, in its own words is an active, community-sourced and locally driven information network, that uses curation to provide just-in-time relevant info and news to its communities.

From the official site: "The Breaking News Network delivers social media sourced news and information to over 350 cities and neighborhoods worldwide.

We’re unique to local publishing because we curate and publish the most interesting media and blog feeds in each city (that means less petty crime and accidents, more events, opinions and commentary) to create an aggregate real time ticker tape of literally everything happening in a city.

Every city’s WordPress based website (example: broadcasts more than just the usual daily news; it curates news by category: Things to Do, Sports, Food, Culture, etc. so users can find breaking news by topic of interest.

We utilize the curation and presentation tools by Rebelmouse to display content in a visual format.

We deliver localized news streams through Twitter and Facebook for each city and have amassed over 400,000 fans/followers who appreciate our real time local content."

One interesting aspect of The Breaking News Network is its strategic positioning, throughout all of its instances, as a collector and amplifier for the news coming from relevant local institutions and communities providing them with extra visibility and a very relevant context to reach out to interested people.

From "When BNN was launched three years ago to give voice to community causes, Kitano brought a unique knowledge from early experiments using Twitter (2006 – 2009) and social media to develop hyperlocal community information networks for the real estate market.

Focusing on social at the outset, Kitano was “cobbling together” segmented lists on Twitter before Twitter had even created “lists.” (For context, Twitter launched in July of 2006.)

Kitano sees BNN providing a shared social channel – one community, one voice, one cause at a time – with promise of doing good for others by supporting civic groups, local causes and arts organizations."

Here, in more detail, some of the community support they provide: "We provide free access for local institutions to our 350+ Twitter feeds via our unique Community Retweet Program.

We also provide this access to local politicians and local media so they can broadcast their most important messages to our communities.

We create national campaigns and build brand advocate networks for good causes.

We create unique ways for our readers to interact with their local institutions, like the National Aquarium and Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival."

SF Breaking News example:

Review by Journalism Accelerator:

More info:

City directory:

Fernando Zamith's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:44 AM

Vale a pena seguir estas experiências. Já há edições na Europa (UK e Paris) -


Quem se quer aventurar na criação do Breaking Lisbon News ou do Breaking Porto News?


Socius Ars's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:20 PM

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Welcome to Marc's violin world

Welcome to Marc's violin world | Ma collection |
I met violin when I was young. I fall in love. It was not reciprocal - I never was able to play a decent scale. But my love survived.

Violin is ultra simple in concept: no moving pieces, no predefined notes. Yet, it offers infinite possibilities. My violin world is violin accross boundaries: accros music styles, geographies and times. Enjoy and feel free to suggest.
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Elis M. S's comment, May 4, 2011 6:42 AM
Merci pour votre message. Violons et Violes sont cousins. Votre topic est très belle et intéressante. A suivre: et suis en train de mettre en place un site. A bientôt.
Tim's comment, January 2, 2012 9:53 AM
Tiens, je ne savais pas que tu étais passionné de Violon :)
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Adit Japon : "Cerveau, voyage au pays des rêves / Greffes par injection…

Adit Japon : "Cerveau, voyage au pays des rêves / Greffes par injection… | Ma collection |

Yukiyasu Kamitani du Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International et son équipe ont amélioré la capacité à décoder l'étoffe des rêves grâce à l'outil informatique.

Shoji Tanaka et son équipe du Institute of Industrial Science de l'université de Tokyo, eux, ont conçu des fibres cellulaires artificielles de l'épaisseur d'un cheveu. Selon leur nature, ces fibres sont capables d'assurer des fonctions musculaires, cardiaques, rénales voire vasculaires…

> Science News/Dream contents deciphered :
> Asahi Sh./Scientists spin cells into thread form :


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This is Spring time: here is some energy from Jasser Haj Youssef Quartet

Via Marc Rougier
Marc Rougier's comment, April 3, 2013 10:19 AM
@jibees: there migh be a little step, as opposed to, say, But once you are in, you cannot get out (I have his CD if you want to travel a bit ;-))
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:21 AM
I want something just inside the both !
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:23 AM
Like : ;)
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« Le grand voyage de l'eau », à voir jusqu'au 13 avril - La Voix du Nord

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« Le grand voyage de l'eau », à voir jusqu'au 13 avril
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Le grand voyage de l'eau », à voir jusqu'au 13 avril. Par la rédaction pour La Voix Du Nord, Publié le 06/04/2013.
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