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Hi there,

After some radio silence and a much-needed break to elaborate on things, this is the first newsletter (and eighth in total) for the new season.

In August, we took our time to review our progress so far looking back at the last year, and in September we rolled up our sleeves because 🥁🥁🥁 we have began building our MVP and in a few weeks time we’ll be launching our waitlist!

After a long period of talent scouting and talking with almost a hundred people, we finally welcomed a full-stack engineer to our team who will take over the software development of Qurio! We couldn’t be more excited for this because finally the rubber hits the road and we are getting closer to delivering our audience engagement platform to those who want to listen to the information needs of their communities.

More details & announcements are to come soon on our blog, but for the time being, you can see a sneak-peak of our login screen right here:
 


Tons of collaboration, and then some

Our extended team works around the clock to make Qurio a reality:
  • Tassos and Spyros are having video calls with journalists and audience engagement editors in order to make sure that what we’re building is valuable for them.
  • Our design team is constantly iterating on the user interface to make sure that the final product will be both powerful and easy to use.
  • Our software engineer is in constant communication with the rest of the team to make sure that everything works as intended, and adds some extra magic on top of that.
Of course, there is a lot of back and forth between us, which means that we spend a lot of time on Figma, on video calls, and Slack threads but the end result is something that we are very proud of and we cannot wait to show it to you.
 
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It’s really exciting to see our product being built and becoming tangible piece by piece. In future editions of this newsletter we’ll be giving more updates as we build, but until then, think about this:

If you are an engagement reporter, editor, have an audience or product role, or just want to engage with your community:

✅ Qurio enables you to engage with your community on your own website

✅ It helps you ask questions, engage with your community, and get feedback

✅ It makes your work easier because it centralizes all your engagement activities in one platform

✅ It’s going to be an eye-candy and make you feel luxurious

✅ It’s going to make your organization more money either by creating trust or by actively asking readers to become members, donate or chip in in any way you tell them to do.

So, if you work in a newsroom we’d love to hear about your problems with audience engagement! Or, if you know someone whose role is an audience or product role, please let us know.
 
Did you know?

We are doing a limited run on coaching. It is free for local or nonprofit newsrooms. Learn more at getqurio.com/coaching.
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News about news

 

The Google News Initiative is partnering with great organizations


The News Product Alliance with the support of the Google News Initiative is launching the Mentor Network empowering news product professionals and emerging news product talent to create ethical and sustainable digital media businesses. 150 emerging product thinkers will be selected and matched with one of 50 experienced news product professionals. You need to join NPAs slack channel and apply between September 13th and September 26th for the program which runs from October 2022 until April 2023. Mentees can look forward to gaining knowledge and increasing their understanding of news products, receiving personalized guidance, and becoming part of a global network of support and practice pushing towards a more equitable media landscape.

Chalkbeat and the Google News Initiative invite you to join them for a virtual workshop series highlighting topics from their Local News Field Guide, a resource that provides practical advice for newsroom leaders seeking to reinvent local news. The workshops will go in-depth on topics including revenue, audience building, impact, and strategic planning. You can learn more and sign up for free here.
 

Strong local journalism means more democracy


Since 2018, Democracy Fund has been tracking the impact journalism has on our democracy, and released an update quantifying what happens when local communities have strong local news — and what happens when they lose it. The report finds that in areas with strong local journalism, more people turn out to vote, people will be less biased when considering candidates, polarizing national narratives can be countered and people feel a stronger sense of community. However, local news isn’t inherently good for communities just because it’s local — it can also harm communities with its coverage, especially communities of color.
Our good friends at Traitforward, a company of the Starttech Ventures’ portfolio, just launched their personality assessment platform to make hiring decisions easier and look for beta testers. It’s free to start, easy to use and we could do the intros if you’d like to learn more.
That’s all for this week, and please, get in touch with any questions simply by responding to this email!

Take care,
Tassos
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