Our.News Raises $100k Pre-Seed Funding and Partners With John Zogby to Grow Crowdsourced News Validation Site
World-renowned pollster will help startup company bring its revolutionary fact-checking and news rating platform to the public
TROY, N.Y., February 6, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Our.News, a startup on a mission to combat misinformation and fake news with their crowdsourced news validation platform, today announced a successful pre-seed funding raise of $100,000, along with a new partnership with world-renowned pollster John Zogby.
Zogby joins Our.News in their mission to sort out misinformation online, and will help the startup company bring its revolutionary platform to the public. The platform allows anyone to participate in the news by simplifying fact-checking, and letting users rate news content on various factors.
"In the age of 'alternative facts,' and a crowded media landscape where it can often be difficult to separate fact from fiction, it has never been more important to have verified sources of 'real news,' and that's what Our.News is all about," said John Zogby. "Innovations like Our.News empower our citizens and our democracy. I'm thrilled to be a part of this exceptional team!"
The pre-seed funding raise will be used by Our.News to build upon on their existing Beta prototype, with the goal of a fully-featured production release in Q2 2018. The platform will be built with advice and feedback provided by Zogby, who will also be a contributor of content ratings and analysis.
"We are excited to have on board Zogby's four decades of experience with polling, data analysis, and advising the world's most important companies on game-changing technologies," said Our.News CEO, Richard Zack. "Our approach combines transparency in the news with public participation, rebuilding trust in legitimate news publishers and helping users to separate fact from fiction."
Our.News also recently announced a partnership with Educational Vistas, Inc. of Schenectady, New York, to give students at over 350 school districts across New York State the free tools they need to fact-check and participate in news validation. Together with the pre-seed raise and Zogby partnership, this marks a major stage of development in Our.News' growth.
About Our.News: Our.News aims to combat misinformation and fake news by making it easy for everyone to separate fact from fiction, and to judge for themselves what's factual, well-reported & unbiased — and what isn't. It uses a combination of crowdsourcing and patent-pending algorithms to provide neutral background data, ratings, sources, related articles, and more, and then allows the public to rate the news or digital content for several factors. With more than 82 percent of the public sometimes finding it difficult to know what's true online, Our.News provides a neutral, transparent, and effective solution. The company was founded in 2016, the beta website and integration tools are online now, and the production platform version is planned for release in 2018.
About John Zogby Strategies: John Zogby Strategies collects and uses data to inform clients about changing markets, emerging consumer trends, customer and client needs, external and internal forces driving change, new ways of looking at cohorts, new opportunities and looming headwinds. Most importantly we use data-driven analysis to help our clients chart their short-, mid-, and long-term future. We work closely with stakeholders to ensure not only an efficient and practical path to the future, but also to establish a buy-in from these very stakeholders. We are a boutique, full-service consulting firm that specializes in strategies for growth, which include both strategic planning and communications. We use qualitative and quantitative methods, including traditional opinion research and our own uniquely developed brand of analysis - Tribal Analytics ®.