Actual News is new concept news service launching through this website and onto smartphones and tablets in early 2014.
The purpose of our service is to reinvent the way you experience and interact with current events. Actual News is designed to present actual news from places and locations you choose to explore.
Our home screen is a large map of the world showing stories which affect everyone. Zooming to investigate continents, countries and cities will reveal national and local events picked out in clean, modern graphics.
Tying our interface together is Actual News' soon-to-be iconic News Wheel. This innovation organises the world's events and lets you spin swiftly through reports; while beautiful graphics map connections between world happenings.
We're basing the service on the idea that you might want to explore the world's news; not be told what stories are important. When you don't want a bird's-eye view of events, powerful and simple search tools get you round the planet quickly.
Gathering and publishing stories written by journalistic partners across the globe helps make a news service done differently. The editorial team don't decide what our partners write stories about - anyone can publish an article so we can't (& won't) control content.
Be a journalist: make an argument, support a cause, tell the world about an event, comment on your society... Article templates will guide you through adding media, locations and links. Our software does the rest.
Your article will be linked to others on the map which back it up or expand on its argument - and you get paid for writing it! We don't think paywalls work; so we're asking readers to contribute to writers whose work they enjoy to build up a worldwide online community - an informative commons.
It's a simple idea - do away with endless lists of stories put them on a map - though our interface is a little jazzier than that and only part of Actual News. What really makes Actual News work is you... and you... and you...
We're setting up a news service free of editorial oversight powered by an open-source news community. Anyone who wants a forum has one - and anyone tired of the cycle of the same headlines can explore world events, written by people experiencing them and displayed on a fun, easy, stand-out interface.
We want to help uncover great journalism and untold, unfound stories from across the globe. We'll encourage readers to support our journalistic partners with contributions to articles they enjoy. 80% of all submissions go to the writer.
Our interface makes it simple to glide through stories; summoning the News Wheel with a press gathers and organises stories from the region you're exploring:
There had to be a better way of organising information than endless lists or unintelligible dots on maps: presenting the News Wheel.
When you're panning and zooming around maps, stories will be represented by icons - technology, sport, politics, entertainment... Tap or click to see the article, or press / double-click to activate the News Wheel.
By default, summoning the News Wheel over the world map shows you the word's most-read stories for the day - though you can customise this.
Zooming in to a continent or country and calling up the wheel will cause it to gather nearby stories from the map and show article previews. Tap/click to read full articles; or swipe/drag a story into the middle to have the News Wheel show you all the local stories in that category.