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This is Molo. Molo stands for moving local, molo.news means moving local news!

molo.news will be the new news app for Bremen and the surrounding area. Every day, the latest and most important news and events from the region will be reported on molo.news.

Breaking new ground together – that’s the basic idea of molo.news. This is why the app is developed in collaboration with many different organizations and independent professionals from Bremen. These include local journalists and representatives from a range of local organizations including sports clubs, social movements, cultural institutions, and, of course, our users. Even our logo was designed by a local resident as part of a competition.

Draft from the current development process

What can be found on molo.news?

On molo.news, you will find what we like to call Molos which are basically local news pieces that appear daily in your feed with a title, a teaser, and an image. The molo.news editorial team receives this content via the RSS feeds of local media outlets, curates it, and then aggregates it for you, the reader. Users can personalize their feed according to their personal interests while “hot” messages are sent to all users. In addition to the Molos from professional media outlets, molo.news also presents content from regional collectives, e.g., sports clubs and social movements. These Molos are created by these various collectives and published after consideration by the editors.

What’s the idea behind molo.news?

The idea of molo.news is to present the most important news from regional media and to promote smaller collectives from the local area. We want to give citizens a better overview of the many opportunities that exist for social participation and contribute to a healthy public sphere.

Who edits molo.news?

The molo.news editorial team consists of a permanent group of employees and media studies students from the University of Bremen.

What happens with my data?

molo.news does not store any user data. All data entered by you, for example, your chosen tags and entered location are only ever stored on your device. Detailed information on the individual services that molo.news provides can be found in our privacy policy.

How are the Molos curated?

Articles that reach us via media RSS feeds are tagged by our editors. molo.news users can then select or deselect these individual tags so that they are only presented with the Molos that suit their preferences. However, you will not be stuck in your own filter bubble or echo chamber, the editorial office marks particularly relevant content from the various editorial boards on a variety of topics as “hot”. These Molos are marked with a small flame and are displayed to all users. While regular Molos disappear after fourty-eight hours, the “hot” Molos remain on your feed for seventy-two hours.

Our editorial work at molo.news is based on democratic values. Disrespectful content will not be given a space.

How can I participate?

If you want to get more attention for your own collective, just contact us via email at: molonews@uni-bremen.de.

How can I give feedback?

molo.news is a “co-creative” project and we are always keen to receive your feedback and suggestions for the service’s optimization. We have a feedback function built into the app and look forward to your constructive contributions!

Background from molo.news

molo.news stems from a wider project called Tinder the City: Software related scenarios against the crisis of a mediatized public in the city and surrounding areas, which has received funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The initial point of the project is to address the creeping loss of relevance of traditional regional media and the lack of compensation provided in the digital space. Tinder the City looks at ways of providing information on locally relevant topics to generate debate on and participation in local issues. Younger people in particular do not pay much credence to local news services that are currently available. It is for this reason and others that the Tinder the City project in general and molo.news in particular are exploring new concepts that might better serve the needs of individual users and the wider public.

Three research institutes from Bremen and Hamburg have come together for the project: The Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib), the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University Bremen, and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute Hamburg.

In the first phase of the research project, user needs were researched empirically. Based on the results and together with “co-creation” workshops, the first prototype of molo.news was evolved and the development is still proceeding. In an additional phase of the project (also funded by the BMBF) the prototype was implemented into an app – available for iOS and Andriod in the App Store resp. Play Store. In the beginning of 2020 the app can be downloaded there free of charge.

The experimental app has initially been developed for the state of Bremen and its adjacent districts. An extension of its future scope is constantly under consideration aswell as a sustainable business model. Furthermore a guideline for innovative local journalism will be developed.

Further information can be found on the Communicative Figurations research network’s website: https://www.kommunikative-figurationen.de/de/projekte/tinder-die-stadt/).

University Bremen ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research Linzer Str. 4 | 28359 Bremen Tel.: +49-421-218-67601 Fax: +49-421-218-98 67601 http://www.zemki.uni-bremen.de

Institut for Information Management Bremen GmbH Am Fallturm 1 | 28359 Bremen Tel.: +49-421-218-56580 Fax: +49-421-218-56599 http://www.ifib.de

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute Hamburg at the University of Hamburg Rothenbaumchaussee 36  | 20148 Hamburg Tel.: +49-40-450217-0 Fax: +49-40-450217-77 http://www.hans-bredow-institut.de