Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Newsonomics: On end games and end times
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Sept. 11, 2013, 12:11 p.m.
LINK: q.usatoday.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Justin Ellis   |   September 11, 2013

The USA Today Sports Media Group is out with a new sports news and analysis aggregator called The Q. It’s human-backed aggregation, with a focus for now on NFL news from beat writers and columnists from around the sports journalism world. As they put it:

The Q delivers sports news to fans through a quick-hit, near-real-time stream of editor-vetted analysis, designed specifically for on-the-go consumption. From Sundays to storylines that everyone is talking about, the Q keeps fans out in front.

USA TODAY Sports Media Group is putting the Q at the center of its NFL coverage on Sundays, Monday nights and Thursday nights as an optimal second-screen companion for fans following NFL games, filtering out everything but the best real-time analysis through editor-vetted curation and exclusive, original content. Throughout the rest of the week, the Q service tracks the biggest storylines and connects fans to the most interesting analysis, whether they are waiting for an office meeting to start or waiting in line for coffee.

If that sounds an awful lot like Quickish, the sports commentary round-up created by Dan Shanoff, there’s a very good reason: Quickish was acquired by USA Today Sports Media Group last summer. The Q, like Quickish (which stopped updating two weeks ago), is a stripped-down bloggy experience that also looks good on mobile browsers.

The Q is the latest new product from the sports guys, who also launched For The Win, a sports site with a social media spin. It also runs The Big Lead (acquired last year) and Sports On Earth, a joint venture with MLB Advanced Media.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Newsonomics: On end games and end times
Can publishers find a sustainable business model this new age of Facebook/Apple/Snapchat/Twitter/Google distributed content? And is local news destined to be left behind?
What Scribd’s growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models
It turns out that ebook subscription models don’t work very well when people read too much. So what happens next?
How research (and PowerPoints) became the backbone of National Journal’s membership program
“We no longer look at National Journal simply as a news source, but as a collection of resources, as well as a collection of experts we can turn to on occasion.”
What to read next
2843
tweets
A blow for mobile advertising: The next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads
Think making money on mobile advertising is hard now? Think how much more difficult it will be with a significant share of your audience is blocking all your ads — all with a simple download from the App Store.
1763For news organizations, this was the most important set of Apple announcements in years
A new Flipboard-clone with massive potential reach, R.I.P. Newsstand, and news stories embedded deeper inside iOS — it was a big day for news on iPhones and iPads.
762Newsonomics: 10 numbers that define the news business today
From video to social, from mobile to paywalls — these data points help define where we are in the “future of news” today, like it or not.
These stories are our most popular on Twitter over the past 30 days.
See all our most recent pieces ➚
Encyclo is our encyclopedia of the future of news, chronicling the key players in journalism’s evolution.
Here are a few of the entries you’ll find in Encyclo.   Get the full Encyclo ➚
New England Center for Investigative Reporting
The Dish
Daily Kos
Newser
TBD
Media Consortium
Plaza Pública
BBC News
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
SF Appeal
Upworthy
Google