Seattle’s Instivate has announced the official launch of a new online service that allows anyone to create their own news Website to gather and report on the local events that impact their community.Instant Journalist makes it easy for individuals or organizations to launch their own uniquely branded online news communities where people can help shape the news of the day by creating stories with video, images, and text. Instant Journalist’s hyperlocal mapping tools allow any story to be placed in a specific neighborhood, giving people the ability to keep track of the news in their own backyard. In addition, Instant Journalist’s rating, tagging, and commenting tools allow the site’s readers to help filter and expand on the news submitted by other members of the community.
“There’s thousands of news events every day that never make it into the traditional news outlets due to the limitations of time and space.”, said Scott Durham, President of Instivate. “Instant Journalist empowers people to capture and discover all the events in their own local communities.”
Instivate’s unique InEdit content management tools make it easy for non-technical users to control and change the content on their Instant Journalist sites. In addition to offering a selection of pre-built themes to choose from, InEdit allows site owners to edit content directly on the page they’re viewing. In-context editing, moderation, and drag-and-drop tools make it quick and easy for people to put their own unique stamp on their Instant Journalist site.
It takes less than a minute to launch a new site with Instant Journalist, and Instivate is currently offering a one-month free trial to allow people to take the features of Instant Journalist for a test drive. Subscribers can then choose from a range of full-featured packages starting at just $18 per month. [24×7]
Seattle Startup AdReady Adds Hulu CEO to Board
Billing itself as the world’s most advanced self-serve online display advertising solution, AdReady has rolled out a double-pronged Internet marketing soluton. AdReady offers marketers the ability to build effective online display campaigns based on proven performance creative, while publishers can tap the power of AdReady’s patent-pending platform for their advertisers through AdReady’s co-branded solutions. The company, which is led by a team of Internet veterans and backed by Madrona Venture Group, has also appointment of Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, to its board of directors. Kilar brings extensive Internet sector experience to this role, having spent nearly a decade in key management positions at Amazon.com. “AdReady makes the luxury of effective online display advertising available to all at low-cost and in a self-service manner,” said Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu. “I look forward to working with the management team and fellow board members to support the compelling and ambitious vision of AdReady.” [24×7]
Twenty20 Invites Web Audience to ‘Tune In’ and Experience the First VholdR Videos
Seattle Internet startup Twenty20’s newest product, VholdR, is set to officially debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 7, 2008. But, a limited quantity of the wearable, hands-free video cameras are already leaving the factory and heading for customers. One VholdR “hit the road” just after Thanksgiving with Twenty20’s Anthony Godoy, to meet up with action sports athletes who will put the first cameras to the test in tough environments. The VholdR “road trip” videos will be posted online at www.VholdR.com [24×7]