We’re community service media.
The Breaking News Network delivers social media sourced news and information to over 350 cities and neighborhoods worldwide. We’re unique to local publishing because we curate and publish the most interesting media and blog feeds in each city (that means less petty crime and accidents, more events, opinions and commentary) to create an aggregate real time ticker tape of literally everything happening in a city. Every city’s WordPress based website (example: BreakingSFNews.com) broadcasts more than just the usual daily news; it curates news by category: Things to Do, Sports, Food, Culture, etc. so users can find breaking news by topic of interest. We utilize the curation and presentation tools by Rebelmouse to display content in a visual format. We deliver localized news streams through Twitter and Facebook for each city and have amassed over 400,000 fans/followers who appreciate our real time local content.
Journalism Accelerator, a leading resource for journalistic advancement, did a great review on how The Breaking News Network evolved.
Here are ways we serve communities.
We support local civic groups, good causes and arts organizations by getting their word out to our communities. We provide free access for these local institutions to our 350+ Twitter feeds via our unique Community Retweet Program. We also provide this access to local politicians and local media so they can broadcast their most important messages to our communities. We create national campaigns and build brand advocate networks for good causes. We create unique ways for our readers to interact with their local institutions, like the National Aquarium and Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival. We cover critical events like Hurricane Sandy and Election 2012 drawing from the best informed national media covering all perspectives from red to blue, to keep our readers updated when critical stuff is happening. Read our blog for more descriptions of projects.