NowPublic offers a web portal for all manner of news and important happenings. These happenings are reported by members who can upload the stories that are important to them, and the rest of the world. Adding video and tags to the writing, or using them as a stand alone option, is possible as well. From the latest Hollywood celebrity gossip to the international stories that are important to know, it can be found on NowPublic. NowPublic members also post the most important news about the hottest stars in the sports world, as well as, the pressing political, and international, stories that affect everyone.
Launched in Canada in 2005 by seasoned internet entrepreneurs Michael Tippett, Leonard Brody, and Michael Meyers, NowPublic was sold to Examiner.com on September 2, 2009 for undisclosed terms. The advent of citizen journalism and the fact that nearly every one has some type of data and image capturing tool with them at all times makes the NowPublic website the one to look at for breaking news around the world, no matter what the subject matter. In addition, NowPublic also enjoys content delivered by the Associated Press per a sharing agreement between the two entities. NowPublic has over 5,000 readers each month, with more than 1.000 of those monthly readers being unique. The contributors to the site are global in reach, as well as in numbers. About 97,000 people upload content from more than 6,000 cities in 160 countries. The site offers a fresh view on news that is relevant to many people around the world.
What makes NowPublic different from other sites is in the unique way that it obtains its news stories. These are as varied as the news on the site itself. They include places such as Twitter posts, Flickr photos, Youtube videos, and eyewitness accounts. The news is typically less than 72 hours old. NowPublic is the gathering place for the best of these social media outlets, and offers one stop viewing of the latest news from many perspectives.
NowPublic has a blog to keep members, and visitors alike, updated on the latest news on the site. A forum offers a place for people to discuss the latest news as well as provides support for the newsroom tools provided by NowPublic for its contributors. Anyone can read posts on the forum although registration is required to post or comment.
The registration form to sign up to submit content to NowPublic, or to post on its forum, is short and straightforward. Some of the required fields include your email address, user name, and password as is typical for almost any site that has a registration form. In addition, the form requires the registrant to input their local city, state, and country. Optional fields include a mobile phone number as well as the mobile phone carrier. NowPublic requires its contributors to register, and create an account, before posting stories, either their own stories, or when working with others. Registration is also required before uploading video and photo images as well. Members are screened prior to their first contribution to the web site.
Everything on the site appears to be free and open to the public, a refreshing change from many sites. In addition, contributors can earn money for posting well written, relevant news copy via a revenue share agreement with NowPublic. There may be other paying ventures as well. There is a contact form on the site that funnels those requests to the right person's inbox.
NowPublic is the place to land if there is a desire to see that latest news in the areas of Local, Tech & Biz, Style, World, Culture, Environment, Strange, Health, and Sports. Unlike some other news sites, NowPublic has the news that the bigger sites might miss but that are just as important. For example, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic members were able to offer a different perspective than that which is typically seen on the nightly news.