Six quick pitches from hot new media start-ups


A series of exciting new tools and services were either recommended by speakers or pitched by their developers at the news:rewired conference in London today.

Here we round-up a handful of those that caught the eye:

Alex Wood, editor of Tech City News, recommended three emerging technologies for publishers:

Videolean is a Spanish company based in London that focuses on smarter video production. Making videos can be time-consuming but this tool generates a video quickly from any images, text and music you enter online. Currently in beta, but opening up very soon.

Wistia makes video more web-friendly and allows viewers to follow on Twitter from within the video. Audience stats are available, and you keep your own SEO, giving incredible control and value to yourself as publisher. An American-based start-up offering a free trial now.

GoSquared is the new analytics tool on the block. Like Google Analytics only better, it offers real-time editorial intelligence and can track the connection between Twitter and your website. A great way for young journalists to gain information, react upon it, and improve their work.

Anthony Sheehan founded NearYouNow after becoming frustrated with forever being presented with stories that were of no interest to him. NearYouNow  targets people who value local news but struggle to find it online. New stories are profiled as they are published, before the tool extracts meaningful geographical information from them. The real-time service returns local links personalised for a user’s unique location. Currently being piloted with initial partners and hoping to launch in July.

David Tomchak is co-founder and chief executive of an new video broadcaster called Vizibee. The service is a mobile video broadcasting platform exclusively for journalists and publishers, removing the need to wade through hundreds of family videos to reach quality content. This unique mobile hub hosts 75 second videos and allows for effective social media management. Great for catching breaking news and behind the scenes footage.

Rakhal Ebeli is a former journalist from Melbourne who has founded a freelance content marketplace called Newsmodo. The service went live only in the last couple of hours. Newsrooms can connect with a network of freelancers from around the world who have signed up globally. Using this, news organisations can extend their coverage and freelancers can submit their work for sale. A free month trial is offered so establish yourself early and get noticed!

You might be interested in …