The Future of Print

The Upshot: Search Powers The News At Yahoo

Posted in Boom by futureofprint on July 6, 2010

Yahoo is getting serious about the news. Today, it launched a new political news blog called The Upshot, written by a staff of six writers and two editors. The Upshot is a mix of original reporting, commentary, links, and licensed news photos. Rather than simply republishing stories from the news wires or other news outlets like rest of Yahoo News, the Upshot is trying to cultivate a Yahoo-branded point of view and set of voices around political, national and media news.

Yahoo is in the midst of expanding its original news footprint in an attempt to compete with AOL and Demand Media. Last May, it purchased Associated Content for its crowdsourced content platform. At the same time, it’s been hiring its own journalists and blowing out coverage in sports, finance, and news. Yahoo Media VP James Pitaro describes it as “trying to strike a balance.” The Upshot falls on the higher-quality end of the scale, and is part of Yahoo’s efforts to expand this kind of coverage from 10 percent to 20 percent of the news on its properties.

via The Upshot: Search Powers The News At Yahoo.

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