Recent Posts

    2nd Place @ Heller Startup Challenge

    Newsphere placed 2nd out of 9 teams competing in the Heller School Social Enterprise Startup Challenge pitch competition at Brandeis University. The event took place over a 3 day span from October 18-20th. Over those three days we refined our business plan, updated our slidedeck, and practiced our pitch. On Sunday evening we pitched to a panel of 5 judges from various industries ranging from legal services to financial consultants. As a result of coming in 2nd place, we earned $500 to use towards expanding Newsphere!

    AP News Discussion

    We just had a call with a representative of A.P News to discuss what challenges they face when trying to sift through all of the news headlines and what methods they currently use to spread their content on the web. This talk has helped us refine our target market and continue to improve the Newsphere. Exciting things to come!

    Joining the Newsphere

    My name is Brandon Musto and I joined the Newsphere team in the beginning of September, 2019. As a student at Brandeis University studying business and history, I have always had a fascination with how both areas intersect. When I first joined the team, I was amazed with Newsphere and it’s potential to revolutionize the way we consume news. A big part of making Newsphere work as best as possible is understanding what the market is and who would benefit the most from our website, which I hope to help with over the course of the next few months.

    Development Update

    I'm excited to announce that we've taken on some new team members, and have really improved both the front and backend! When choosing which news sources to pull from, we decided to use AP News, as we believed their reputation as a relatively non-biased news agency would be important for building our model. We're also introducing a new feature to the Newsphere which we're calling the timeline, which enables users to view all articles within a particular edge within a certain period of time. By zooming in and out of this timeline, users can decide what level at which they want to view each edge.

    Brief Update

    An update on the Newsphere. We've begun developing the UI, and playing with different ways of displaying the data I've collected so far. The best approach I believe would be to utilize a graph containing nodes and edges, with new articles comprising graph edges.

    Welcome to the Newsphere!

    Welcome to the Newsphere, a project of mine which will spatially and temporally graph news. Users will be able to explore this graph, and gain high-level understanding of certain news events. If you have any feedback, you can email me here: alex@newsphere.org. Thanks!