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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Available in English
Created by Michael Wolff
Editor Kate Schwartz
Launched October 2007; 7 years ago (2007-10)
Alexa rank
positive decrease 5,141 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Newser is an online news site based in the United States. It is the brainchild of journalist Michael Wolff. The site was launched in October 2007. In 2010, Newser launched a user-participation application, opening its publishing system to any user who wants to post a story.


In early 2007, the media writer Michael Wolff, realizing that the news business was rapidly moving from newspapers and television, brought his idea of a native news site to Patrick Spain, the founder of Hoovers, and now the CEO of HighBeam Research, Inc., a Nexis-like news database company.[citation needed] With Caroline Miller, the former editor-in-chief of New York magazine, as editor, the trio launched Newser as a division of Highbeam. The company split from HighBeam in December 2008 after the latter was sold to educational publisher Gale, with Spain becoming Newser’s CEO.[citation needed] John Filut has been the general manager of the site since its launch.[citation needed]

Early on, most of Newser's sources were mainstream news organizations, but in its more than two years of operation, Newser's focus has increasingly shifted to native online sources—many of which are now partnering with the company.[citation needed]

Miller left the organization at the end of August 2010.[2] Michael Wolff was named editorial director of AdweekMedia on October 4, 2010. [3] Patrick Spain stepped down as CEO on October 18, 2010.[4] John Filut remains the general manager with Elisabeth DeMarse replacing Spain as CEO.[citation needed]


Newser uses a grid that displays multiple stories which the user can click to read each summary.[citation needed]

A user can customize the grid to show either hard or soft news. Hard news focuses on financial, political, and world events, while soft news shows stories about arts and living, gossip, and movie news. Furthermore, a user can choose how many stories he or she wants to see on the grid, ranging from 9 stories to 42, by using the slider under "Customize Page".[citation needed]

The grid was created because Newser believes that the world wide web is best experienced visually.[5] The inspiration for the grid comes from the popular TV game show Hollywood Squares. Newser's home page blends the three main ways that news is delivered on the Web: top down traditional editorial (e.g., The New York Times and CNN), machine aggregated (e.g., Google News), and user recommended news (e.g., NewsVine and Digg).[citation needed]


Newser is an interactive site. Users can post comments about all stories.[citation needed]

At the beginning of 2010, Newser began slowly rolling out their user-generated feature, Newser by Users (NBU). The feature allows anyone to post a story to the User Grid, helping Newser select the news they cover. Occasionally, Newser will promote user stories to the main grid. The feature officially launched on March 16, 2010. Newser began offering cash prizes for submissions in October 2010.[citation needed]

Off The Grid features daily opinion articles by founder Michael Wolff and other Newser writers and editors. Off The Grid articles illustrate the story behind the news. They often link multiple Newser stories together with a common theme.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Blodget, Henry (2010-01-01). "Here’s Why Dilbert Loves Newser". Newser. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ Moses, Lucia. "AWM Names Michael Wolff Editorial Director". Adweek. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Newser Appoints Elisabeth Demarse as CEO" (Press release). Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  5. ^ Newser: Know More. Search Less

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