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Network18 launches digital newsroom Firstpost.com

09-May-2011
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Network18 launches digital newsroom Firstpost.com

Network18 has announced the launch of Firstpost.com, an exclusive online news and views website that is accessible across platforms and devices. Built on the fundamentals of blogging and the quick post, user interaction, discussion and debate, Firstpost presents a digital newsroom powered by expert writer-editors across the country and the globe to capture powerfully shifting news and media consumption reality.

Speaking on the launch of Firstpost.com, Lakshmi Narasimhan, CEO, Web18, said, “The Network18 Group is committed to news and Internet. And Firstpost.com is a happy confluence of both. This product uses the unique strengths of the medium and will enrich news consumption across platforms.”

Firstpost will explore forms of curation, opinion writing, long form and short form that will be defined by sharp and insightful questions, strong commentary, breaking views and skilful selection and analysis. Through the use of best-in-class design, technology, tools and image production it will strive to be the first stop in a person’s web journey. Firspost.com will cover current affairs, politics, world, business, investing, economy, ideas, living, Bollywood and sports.

R Jagannathan, Editor, Web18, added here, “India is ready for high-quality web journalism. The problem with news today is that there is too much of it. What we need is to make sense of it all. That’s what Firstpost will seek to do: distill what is relevant and offer it in a consumable template. In other media, news and views are often a one-way broadcast to the reader or viewer. In the digital world, Firstpost will seek to co-create news in partnership with the reader/ viewer/ listener.”

Durga Raghunath, VP-Products, Web18, said, “We will let every user interaction guide us. We have built a mobile global newsroom because we think the ways of digital journalism allow us that liberty. We hope that our design and production will make the user do more than she has done before with news on the web.”

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