A few months ago, we launched a small project called Evening Edition over at Mule Design. We built it because it was something we wanted to exist and, much to our delight, people really seem to like it. We want it to be even better so we’re applying for a grant from the Knight Foundation to take it to the next level.
The first thing we want to do is hire more editors. Last month, we expanded beyond the U.S. West Coast to our first international edition. Our London editor, Felipe, has been doing phenomenal work and we want to bring the idea to more places and even more languages.
We also want to rethink our platform. Right now, we’re running on WordPress, which is great if you’re running a blog, but we’re already running into limitations. We’ve got some ideas about how to do a better job publishing as well as lots of lessons learned from building our own podcast network. We know we can build a world-class mobile news site.
All of this is going to take time and money. We’ve found some awesome sponsors to help us keep get started but if we really want to expand, to pay our editors, to build our platform, we’re going to need some help. We love what The Knight Foundation is doing to enable new ideas with the News Challenge and we hope that Evening Edition is something they’ll consider.
Here’s how you can help: if you like the idea of Evening Edition, if you’d like to see us expand around the globe, if you want to see us build a kick-ass mobile platform for news, heart this post. If you think it’s really great, feel free to reblog, tell your friends, send a tweet, do … a … whatever it is people do on facebook.
We’d really appreciate it. Thanks.
“World-class mobile news site,” did you say? There are so many reasons I’d love to see Evening Edition get a Knight grant, but the most important reason is that the world really does need a digest-style news site this capable of reliably doing substantive elucidation for dopes like me to read in the bathroom.
By the way, if you have yet to give Evening Edition a good look, take this opportunity right now. It is simply one of the cleanest signal-to-noise ratios you will find in a news site.
I’ve gotta say, reading Evening Edition on my way home every evening is likely to make me the cause of a major traffic accident. But an INFORMED traffic accident.