News Startup Newsmotion Aims to Master International News Coverage

By: Megan Garber | Nieman Lab

Some of the biggest challenges international news reporting faces have to do with time: the moment versus the long run. How, on the one hand, do you capture news items in real-time, and fashion them into something resembling stories? And how, on the other, do you maintain audience interest in stories that spread and stretch over weeks and months and, often, years?

A new startup wants to tackle both challenges at once. Newsmotion aims to cover international events both as they’re happening and over the long-term — to marry immediacy and continuity in a single product. It will focus in large part on the broad themes of international reporting, with special attention to social justice and human rights — tackling big ideas like genocide, the black market economy, the availability of water.

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