TheContributor.com Launches in Beta

Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:15am EDT

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TheContributor.com Launches in Beta

With Tina Dupuy as Editor-in-Chief, startup publication draws from blogs and original reporting by citizen journalists and seasoned professionals

Online news organization, TheContributor.com, owned by Warecorp, a Minneapolis based software services company, is announcing its launch into beta mode. The startup publication focuses on politics and issues, drawing from a network of over a hundred blogs, online submissions and original reporting to deliver stories you may have missed. Covering everything from local city council meetings to international events—from Mars to your backyard—TheContributor.com aims high and local. By featuring citizen journalists alongside seasoned professionals with the occasional concerned taxpayer, the voice of TheContributor.com is your neighbor’s…and yours.

“We’re very excited to announce the name for this new publication,” says TheContributor.com editor-in-chief Tina Dupuy. The former managing editor of the mega blog Crooks and Liars, as well as a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Dupuy has taken on the task of building a publication from the ground up. The project, briefly known as SoapBlox.net, has been in test stages since June and is now ready for its debut just in time for the Republican National Convention.

More than publishing a unique variety of content, TheContributor.com is developing a new business model for online news: “We share revenue with our contributors,” informs Dupuy. “Content has value for advertisers, it should at some point be valuable to content creators. We want to live up to our own values in that way.”

“This is an all around great move forward. It’s a meaningful media brand with a distinct voice that’s currently not out there,” says entrepreneur and TheContributor.com publisher and Warecorp CEO, Chris Dykstra. “TheContributor.com springs from our passion to use our portfolio of businesses to invest in better civic storytelling.”

For more information on TheContributor.com visit www.thecontributor.com.

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Editor-in-Chief: Tina Dupuy

Tina is an award-winning columnist, investigative journalist, and the former managing editor of Crooks and Liars. She appears frequently on MSNBC, Current TV, RT and BBC and all over the radio frequencies via KCRW’s To The Point, The Stephanie Miller Show, and The Leslie Marshall Show. She writes for Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Skeptic, Fast Company, Alternet, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Newsday among many others. Her op-ed column is syndicated in over 80 newspapers a week. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Twitter: @TinaDupuy

Publisher: Chris Dykstra

Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; founder and president of Drupal Squad (formerly Drupal-Jobs.com); chairman and co-founder of The UpTake (http://theuptake.org), an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; founder of Zanby.com, an open-source enterprise network organizing platform, and founder and publisher of The Contributor (formerly http://soapblox.net), an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers. He lives in Minneapolis. Follow him on Twitter: @duckstrap.

About Warecorp

Warecorp, a leading provider of offshore software development centers for technology enterprises, was founded in 2004 in Minneapolis to provide affordable web and software services to the impact economy. Since its founding, Warecorp has earned the loyalty of change agents and innovators working in coworking, media, health care, education, open government and non-profits. For more information, visit www.warecorp.com. Follow Warecorp on Twitter @warecorp.

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