This article showcases our top picks for the best California based Journalism companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of Journalism solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
What is EdTech?
Educational technology is the combined use of computer hardware, software, and educational theory and practice to facilitate learning. When referred to with its abbreviation, EdTech, it is often referring to the industry of companies that create educational technology. (Source)
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Top California Journalism Companies
News Break is an AI-powered news aggregator that delivers the most relevant local news. It aims to make local information easily accessible and abundantly available, with the goal of helping people everywhere live safer, more vibrant, more truly connected lives.
Its long-term vision is to be the world’s largest intelligent local information platform, connecting and empowering local users, local content creators, and local advertisers. The company was founded in 2015 by ex-Yahoo executive Jeff Zheng, with Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang as Advisor.
News Break launched its iOS and Android apps in 2016.. .
The Athletic is an online media company that specializes in online news publishing for the sports industry. It features a web-based platform that utilizes news and updates about athletes and season updates for sports such as basketball and football.
The company was founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Penske Media Corporation
Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media, publishing, and information services company founded in 2003. PMC engages with thriving audiences across the web, television, mobile, print and social media – reaching more than 140 million consumers monthly (comScore, 2014), and was recently named one of the Top 100 Private Companies in the United States.
With the preeminence of its brands, PMC is one of the largest digital media companies in the world, publishing more than 20 digital brands, including an extensive joint venture in India with ZEE TV, as well as 40 annual events/conferences and a dynamic research and emerging data business. PMC brands include PMC Studios, WWD, Deadline, Variety Magazine, Variety.com, CricketCountry.com, Robb Report, HollywoodLife, FN, Spy, Movieline, india.com, TVLine, BGR, AwardsLine, @hollywood, LA411, NY411, Indie Wire, Beauty Inc, Rolling Stone, Gold Derby, Fairchild Media and Sourcing Journal.
The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.. .
Knowhere is a news company that claims to be the most unbiased news source available on the web. The purpose of Knowhere News is to enhance social discourse by providing high-quality, unbiased news and by arming readers with the tools to see all sides of a story.
They practice journalism differently, harnessing the collective intelligence of the web in order to write the world’s most objective news stories on the events shaping the world. They believe the collaboration of journalists with machine learning tools is the only path to a truly global and impartial home of news.
Hearing every voice, writing without agenda, in search of the truth.. .
Blackbird is bringing Information Integrity to the digital media landscape. We help enterprise and national security organizations see the story behind the story for a more authentic information ecosystem.
Blackbird.AI uses machine learning and interdisciplinary human intelligence to combat disinformation. Our proprietary AI-Driven SaaS platform is aimed at providing a more automated understanding of disinformation ( fake news ) campaigns and harmful digital media.
Blackbird’s Constellation Platform supports the objectives of understanding propaganda campaigns and automating mitigation and response efforts. Constellation can detect and highlight threat actors, entities of interest, accounts, (including bots/botnets and/or influencers), coordinated communities, links, images, videos and data feeds, and provide automated reports which generate automated insights for the analyst.
Analysts can understand these systems using our Constellation’s Dashboard through interactive visualization and human interpretable AI or through the integration of their data pipeline with Blackbird’s contextual data enrichment to gain deeper understanding of their data and metadata enabling new insights into threats. Target Buyers: GOVERNMENT (National Security, Interior, Intelligence and OSINT/HUMINT teams + Innovation/AI think tanks) ENTERPRISE (CISO or CMO at a Fortune 500/Global 5000 Enterprise Organization).
Uproxx Media Group
Uproxx Media Group (UMG) is an award-winning digital media and content company. UMG’s unique approach to storytelling through a mix of documentary-style video and authoritative journalism covers subject-matter and individuals often overlooked by traditional broadcast and media.
Through their major publishing brands, UMG explores culture and celebrates humanity while engaging millions of young male consumers on a daily basis with a specific lens on entertainment, music, sports and current events. UMG’s flagship destination, Uproxx.com, is a top-25 mobile site that is home to original programming such as HUMAN, celebrating humans and human culture; LUMINARIES, exploring tech and innovation; UNCHARTED, breaking the undiscovered in music; and UNDERBELLY, covering the unknown stories in sports..
Watchup is a Stanford startup that reinvents the way we watch the news with an app that gives you all the best news channels in one personalized newscast. Watchup was named one of the Best Apps of the Year by Google Play, it’s been featured on the Apple and the Amazon AppStores and won one Webby in 2016.
Watchup leverages partnerships with 170+ video news publishers such as CNN, CBS and Vox Media.. .
WriteWell is a pain killer for the reluctant writer and a vitamin boost for the skilled writer. WriteWell offers a simple and visual interface to organize writing projects.
Users can visually construct their writing outline or start writing by selecting a template from our library. The app allows users to intuitively organize research and notes in the writing workspace.
WriteWell projects are compatible with Google Docs, Word and PDF file formats. WriteWell can be used a pedagogical (teaching) tool or as a writing tool.
WriteWell’s user base includes K-12 schools, Community Colleges, Universities, Homeschool Parents and Freelance Writers. The user base is currently at 3000+ and growing rapidly.
Our paying customers include: K-12: San Jose Unified School District, Woodson School District, New York Department of Education Universities: University of Pennsylvania Community Colleges: Skyline College, CA Individuals: 50+ Homeschools users, 10+ professional writers. .
Shmoop offers online learning, test prep (SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP Exams, State Exams…) and teaching materials on the Web and on the most popular mobile and ebook platforms. Shmoop uses current events, pop culture, and a teen-friendly voice to make learning more fun and relevant for today’s students.
Find the connections between The Great Gatsby and Real Housewives, the SAT and Mario Brothers, geometry and snowboarding. Shmoop writers come from Ph.D.
and Masters programs at Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley. Shmoop subjects span from middle school to college levels, with an emphasis on high school curriculum and test prep.
Shmoop’s mission: To make learning and writing fun and relevant for students in the digital age.. .
SiliconANGLE Media is a media company that provides news, commentary, and analysis on the technology industry. Its focus areas include innovation, technology, emerging companies, enterprise, cloud, mobile, social, startups, and venture capital.
The company has three brands: SiliconANGLE news, @theCUBE live video, and Wikibon research. Its sites include SiliconANGLE.com, theCUBE.net, Cube365.net, and Wikibon.com.
SiliconANGLE Media was founded by John Furrier and is based in Palo Alto, California.. .
Perfect Market, Inc. is the provider of digital publishing software solutions for driving traffic, engagement and revenue.
Our products and services are utilized by over 200 premium publishers, including LATimes.com, ChicagoTribune.com, NBCNews.com, Mediaite.com and BusinessInsider.com. Perfect Market’s primary product offering is the Digital Publishing Suite, a comprehensive set of tools that address content recirculation, social discovery, search engine optimization, on-site promotions and ad optimization.
These tools enable digital publishers to dynamically adapt the experience for each user in real-time, thereby improving the user experience on site and optimizing publisher efforts to drive users towards relevant actions. Perfect Market also offers Audience Development consulting services for publishers looking to augment our software solutions.
Idealab founded Perfect Market in 2007 to build upon its achievements in search technology, which includes the creation of the paid search model through Overture Services (acquired by Yahoo! in 2003). In 2008, Perfect Market acquired Media River for its semantic analysis capabilities and fundamental patents covering a broad range of applications.
Perfect Market is headquartered in Pasadena, California, with offices in New York City, San Francisco and Bangalore, India, and has raised nearly $30M in from Comcast Ventures, Idealab, Rustic Canyon Ventures, Tribune Company and Trinity Ventures.. .
HubPages is an open community of passionate people—writers, explorers, knowledge seekers, conversation starters. Interacting and informing.
Sharing words, pictures and videos. Asking questions.
Finding answers. It’s a rich and rewarding experience with a unique set of tools and resources to help Hubbers find and build an audience, easily create articles, and earn all sorts of rewards, from accolades to ad revenue.
Over 48 million people explore HubPages every month.. .
ProudOnTV provides mobile and web apps that allow parents to create a beautiful family diary with videos and photos of their children, and privately share that content with their loved ones. Users takes ownership of their private memories with access to an online portal.
ProudOnTV was founded in 2012 and based in Palo Alto, California.. .
Bitmob is building a platform for crowd-sourced content done right. Bitmob combines professional editorial oversight with a highly engaged community of video game enthusiasts — staff editors vet the best user-created posts, and then promote that content to the front page to sit alongside the staff’s own stories.
That’s phase one; new features and revenue streams are coming soon. Bitmob is based out of San Francisco, CA..
148apps is an online platform that offers news, recommendations, and reviews on iPhone OS applications. The platform offers its information categorized into sections such as business, special needs, social, language, weather, kids, education, entertainment, health and fitness, medical, navigation, and more.
148apps was founded in July 2008 and is operated in San Francisco, California.. .
Eva Media, Inc.
Eva Media, Inc. owns different media brands: Smartereum (Blockchain and Cryptocurrency News), The Oofy (Fintech and Business News), DigitalReview.Co (Technology News), The Glober (World News, Travel), NewsForTurkey (Citizen Journalism) and Eva Media Marketing (Digital Advertising).
The company partners with Google, Amazon , CoinTelegraph and many other crypto and blockchain startups.. .
Zocalo Public Square
Zócalo Public Square is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. It partners with educational, cultural, and philanthropic institutions, as well as public agencies, to present free public events and conferences in cities across the U.S.
and beyond, and to publish daily journalism, which is syndicated to 185 media outlets nationwide. Zócalo Public Square was founded by Gregory Rodriguez in 2003 and is based in California, United States.
It is an affiliate of Arizona State University.. .
Emblematic Group is the world’s leading creator of powerful virtual reality experiences. We immerse Their audiences in the story, making them feel like they are in the middle of the action.
Their work has won awards and excited audiences across the globe as reported by Wired, BBC, MIT Technology Review, Mashable, Huffington Post, Verge, Los Angeles Times Business Section, and many more. International businesses and news organizations come to us to create virtual reality experiences and groundbreaking content, including Standard Chartered Bank, the World Economic Forum, the Tribeca Film Foundation and many others..
Film is a blog that features news, information, and insights related to the Film industry. It provides its users with reviews, trailers, news, and information related to the industry.
Its news segment provides insight on casting and genres. It also offers a feature that provides its users with audio commentaries, bonus episodes, live broadcasts, and several programs such as The Show, After Dark, The Tobolowsky Files, and more.
In addition, it provides its users with a calendar that enables them to keep a track of upcoming movie releases. Film is based in Los Angeles, California..
Game Jerks brings the best of Entertainment and Social Networking. The Founders of Game Jerks have backgrounds in Web Development and Systems Engineering with a common love for gaming and entertainment! Game Jerks reviews are fully based on the reviewers opinions and not the companies’ affiliations, just as it should be! They will also allow the customers to write their own reviews and blogs.
With Game Jerks you will be able to have your own friends list, message your friends and track their progress on their games. You will also be suggested games based on those of which your friends enjoy as well as games you have previously liked..
Tecca is a news and information service covering consumer electronics, technology and digital lifestyles for mainstream consumers. We help “non-techie” consumers manage their tech-enabled lives with articles, videos, tips and tricks and how-tos on Tecca.com and across our large network of syndication partners including Yahoo!, USA Today, MSNBC, Time.com, Best Buy and many more.
Available on Android, iPhone, iPad, and web.. .
GhostBloggers.net is a new, upcoming platform which will connect blog publishes and writers. Publishers will be able to buy unique blog content on their topic within minutes.
Write can sell unique blog content about any possible topic/niche without prospecting or looking for clients. Sign up for our mailing-list at www.ghostbloggers.net.
Center for Investigative Reporting
At The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), they believe journalism that moves citizens to action is an essential pillar of democracy. Since 1977, CIR has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the public eye.
Today, they’re upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of journalistic innovation to produce important stories that make a difference and engage you, their audience, across the aisle, coast to coast and worldwide.. .
iThenticate is an iParadigms software product for web-based content verification technology. iThenticate offers: Plagiarism Detection; IP Protection; and Document-to-Document comparison.
iThenticate is the only true single-source plagiarism checker that helps to ensure that content is original and not previously published, discourages others from using proprietary content without permission, and performs textual comparison between documents.. .
OC Startups Now
OC Startups Now is a digital news website providing comprehensive journalistic coverage of the OC startup/innovation ecosystem. This independent news website includes news and feature articles, as well as Q&A’s and opinion pieces with key players in the ecosystem.
OC Startups Now allows you to focus exclusively on the vibrant OC startup ecosystem. And, give the ecosystem the attention it deserves as it grows.
The goal is to make this the first place to get this news. This will be accomplished by frequent email blasts.
OC Startups Now was founded by Deirdre Newman and is based in Irvine, California, USA.. .
WestJournal is a mobile website that offers the latest technology news from Los Angeles. It features interviews with entrepreneurs speaking about their startups, gathers local news and event information, and distributes all content through social media.
WestJournal was founded by Fernando Mexia in April 2014 and is based in Santa Monica, California.. .
Onpublico is a platform where citizens share newsworthy events to keep each other informed. Citizens report and update the news by taking pictures and videos with their phones, with short captions and tags providing additional detail.
Onpublico’s goal is to create a public and open space where people work together to keep each other aware of what’s happening around them as it’s happening. It was founded in 2013 and launched in January, 2014.
Onpublico has offices in San Francisco and Valencia.. .
NewsOrViews is a journalism software platform which represents the next step in the evolution of journalism. In a world of media conglomerates and around-the-clock news networks, NewsOrViews offers a fresh new voice of both journalism and opinion written by people just like you.
Our mantra is to “Empower” you. Whether you are a citizen journalist, a professional journalist, a blogger, or a “news junkie,” NOV empowers you through the use of the latest in web technology by providing users with the ability to create their own news networks, write stories, link to relative content, and syndicate and share news.
In addition, users are provided with media management tools that allow them to upload photos, video, and podcasts which can be accessed by your readers. The news network that you create is yours, and as a result the layout and color scheme of your news site is fully customizable, allowing you to make your site unique.
Check out the growing list of [features](http://www.newsorviews.com/features.aspx) at NewsOrViews.. .
Movie Ideas Chicago/Lost in Transition Plot: A life story about a senior in high school who during the summertime likes to ride his bike into the wilderness and “lose himself”. ( glance at nature, perform tricks, glaze at the nighttime sky.
) He goes during the night and only at night because that’s when he doesn’t bother anybody. He goes alone.
Meets a young girl, who also likes to ride her bike along the wilderness around Chicago. They meet, introduce each other, continue to meet during the summertime.
They start to fall in love and devote their life’s to eachother without the boys family knowing. The young girls aunt only knows because she has a house in the wilderness where the young girl likes to sleep.
Boy is struggling with school and is having a hard time with college acceptance. Girl is average at school, acceptance is no problem.
Climax: The girls family is poor, can’t afford college. Boys family is middle class, can afford college.
Neembus News is a collaborative crowd-sourced News portal (Participatory news network). It serves as a platform for citizen journalists to collaborate, publish articles and related news media content.
Neembus core news product is the Neem, a 1200 character limit article – the average page size of a smart phone screen. Their goal is to provide original, reliable and easily digestible news briefs to the consumer.
Neembusnews.com crowd-sourcing tools leverage the aggregated power of the crowd in order to enhance the creation and distribution of news content.. .
LateUpdate.com is an online hub for Fresno news, information, events and community. Founded by homegrown reporter and entrepreneur Adrian Rodriguez, the site features daily and weekly news with community blogs and features such as Classified Ads, an Events Calendar, and local Interactive Maps.
Registration is free to readers and comes with social networking tools including a profile page, forums, tools to establish Friendships to other profiles, and a user-edited wiki about Fresno. LateUpdate.com launched in September 2007.
The company values Integrity, Ethics, Immediacy, Teamwork and Community. The site was launched in September 2007 and is based in Fresno, Calif.
The owner of LateUpdate.com is Adrian Rodriguez, a native of Fresno who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fresno State in 2004. The content management system that powers Late Update was developed by Joomla! http://www.joomla.org under the open source GPL license..
BeYourArt.com is a website community and resource which focuses on providing practical resources and information for starving artists. We hope to help artists understand the demands of the business world while still allowing them to pursue their dreams without compromising them.
“Artists everywhere should check out Be Your Art!” Live, Breathe and Be Your Art by Jenny Zhu, Ning Blog “BeYourArt.com has the potential to be a tremendous resource for the artistic community.” BeYourArt.com Helps Artists Become Their Art by Joseph Shortsle, The Improper North Shoreian Magazine. .
Everything on TVLesson – from How-to videos to how-to articles – are shared by our community.. .
The [Appr.tv](http://appr.tv) channel features **app video reviews, tutorials, ratings, peer-to-peer user support, and a storefront** for **app deals** across **mobile devices** and desktop computers. App reviewers submit videos and users vote them up or down, providing trusted peer-guidance on apps before purchase or download.
The Appr platform pulls video content directly from youtube, vimeo, and many other video sites on the web. App experts share and monetize their knowledge through Appr’s real-time app and platform support network.
App developers offer apps as part of deal bundles, gaining market share. Developers can also feature official video promos, product tours, and app discount coupons.
Registered users utilize a web-based springboard app launcher, accessible from web-connected mobile devices. Appr provides a channel and platform for app reviewers, developers, and users to monetize their expertise and grow their businesses..
The Public Record
The Public Record is a free weekly tabloid newspaper published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It covers local and state politics, labor unions, schools and community organization news.
Its official website, pubrecord.org, features content under categories such as world, special to the public record, in-depth, torture, religion, politics, law, commentary, and nation. The Public Record was first published in September 1999..
Threadnote is an iPhone app that lets you take short, tweet-like notes to quickly capture ideas you have, people you meet, and places you explore. It uses a familiar format to help you keep organized.
In your note, use a # to tag a topic, a @ to tag a person, or the location tool to tie the note to a place. Threadnote includes a number of features to help you take full advantage of its flexibility.
Get ideas for how others are using the app through the Suggested Tags feature. To add names quickly to your notes, Threadnote auto-suggests people from your Address Book.
Your notes are free to go wherever you need them – export to text / CSV or share via email, Twitter, Facebook, and other services.. .
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