Pinterest can be a great way to bookmark and organize all your favorite celebrity photos, recipes, DIY inspirations, home-decorating tips, and videos of famous Internet cats. But for those who want to save and organize more serious articles, Newspeg may be for you. Created by journalists, for journalists, Newspeg skips the fluff pieces and goes straight to hard-hitting headlines.
Formerly a journalist at major newspapers including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner, Newspeg CEO and founder Mark Potts has a long history with digital news and is currently very active in the business of digital media. His latest endeavor is designed to be a way of sharing and saving news in a way that's useful to readers as well as publishers and journalists.
Borrowing from the look and feel of Pinterest, Newspeg is intended to be "a site where people can really easily share and save news stories, in a visual kind of way, in a way that picks up graphics from the story but also lets people know where it came from," Potts told Journalism.co.uk. The sources of stories are shown, and stories will link back to the original publication site, so publishers get credit.
Newspeg works via a browser plug-in. To share a story you run across on the Web, you click the "Peg It" button in your browser toolbar, which adds the headline and a link to the story to one of the "topics" you've created. You'll be given a chance to pick the accompanying photo, add a comment, and even change the headline.
In addition to readers using Newspeg to gather and organize the latest stories on their favorite topics, it also could be a great way for writers to organize their own articles by specific topics, or organize research for their future work as well.
Potts told Journalism.co.uk that he hopes news organizations will consider using Newspeg as a content management system, and he is interested working with such groups to build custom, possibly branded versions of the platform. But he encourages everyone to try it out and give feedback. So if you want to try sorting and viewing your news sources in an attractive, visual way, check out Newspeg!