Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
The Russian language news startup Helpdesk offers service journalism for times of war
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
 
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
The Russian language news startup Helpdesk offers service journalism for times of war
Founder Ilia Krasilshchik doesn’t know the average age or gender or location of the people seeking help through Helpdesk’s chat — he just knows many are terrified.
A bakery, a brewery, and a local news site: There’s a new type of collective growing in Spokane, Washington
“Are we moving fast enough for the length of runway we have to lift off? Or do we need to, you know, keep paving and quickly build more runway? That’s the real question.”
Way back in 1989, USA Today launched an online sports service. I found it at Goodwill
USA Today Sports Center is a time capsule from a period in which a newspaper could convince people to pay five bucks an hour to log onto their service during the big game.