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The Media Consortium is a collaborative network of liberal news organizations whose work includes digital innovation, advertising and media business studies.
The consortium was founded in 2005 and formally launched in 2006 by about two dozen news organizations, and it currently has 46 members, including Mother Jones, The Nation and Salon. The consortium three staff members and an annual budget of less than $500,000.
The consortium developed an Incubation and Innovation Lab in 2009 on the heels of a study on the future of journalism to help develop digital media products and strategies. The lab focuses on developing new revenue streams, mobile media and community engagement.
Instapaper is an application aimed at time-shifting the consumption of online content, including journalism. It was launched in 2008 by developer Marco Arment, who at the time was the lead developer of Tumblr, and was bought in 2013 by Betaworks. Instapaper allows users to click a bookmarklet whenever they come across an article they would…