After months of suspense, the big day of the Accenture Innovation Awards finally arrived. And what a day it was! Zapaday emerged as a winner in the ‘Best Information’ category out of ten other finalists and a total of 1441 applications. Of course CEO Stefan Hoevenaar and CTO Jim Schalm (see team) were happy to pose with Zapaday’s first, but hopefully not last, blue tulip.
How can you tell in 60 seconds what you’ve been working on for years? This one minute pitch, by Zapaday founder Stefan Hoevenaar, and a round of jury questions, took Zapaday to the final of the Blue Tulip Innovation Awards, on 8 November. Hope you like the pitch.
Zapaday is nominated for the Blauwe Tulp 2012, aka the Accenture Innovation Award. We made it to the semi-final, selected as best 10 in the Communications, Media & Technology category, one of five categories totaling 1441 applications. Zap!
To get to the final, we’ll present to the jury on 26 Sep. You can support us: like our profile (Dutch) to vote. Thanks!
At Zapaday, we treasure our interns for keeping Zapaday’s eyes on the future. In return, we offer a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the world of news scoops, gain a broader and deeper knowledge of global affairs and work in a challenging and dynamic environment.
Now we’re looking for a new addition to our team. As part of our international, multi-disciplinary staff in the heart of Amsterdam, you will track evolving stories, compile news calendars and write about upcoming events in the international arena.
Are you or do you know someone who has native English writing skills and has a background in journalism, political science, international relations, English or history? Apply to become our next editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, Zapaday was a guest at the famous Amsterdam debating centre De Balie. Top professionals from the main newspapers and media outlets in The Netherlands gathered to discuss the future of news(papers), the onset of digital media and its effects on news consumption. Representing the future as a panel member was Zapaday founder and CEO Stefan Hoevenaar (second from the left). He says;
” The internet makes traditional news old news almost instantly. Most printed dailies already focus on background, interpretation and opinion. But do these necessarily need a printed daily? No! They can also thrive online, with live comments and dialogues or, at a slower pace, in a weekly paper. Online news media, meanwhile, feed their hungry readers – suffering from update sickness – with live coverage, micro-scoops and rush transcripts. Live coverage and micro-scoops do not blend well with paper.
Many, if not most, daily print editions lack relevance for their readers and will lack the ad dollars to pay for them. So we’ll see more dailies cutting back to one or three editions per week and we’ll see The Rise of the Weeklies. Weeklies, with an online presence, will become the cornerstone of journalism. We’ll also see major online news organizations launching printed weeklies and monthly’s.
News media will become more specialized and technology will perfect the practice of serving readers content that matches their personal interests. Specialized online news media, like Politico, Mashable, The Verge and Mediaite, have flourished and personalized news readers, like Google News, Pulse, Flipboard, News.me, Zite are starting a battle to offer the best user experience and the best ‘discovery engine’. “
We just took away your last excuse to stay home if you suffer from update sickness. Today we launched our mobile site, so you can stay ahead of future news on your smartphone or tablet wherever, whenever. So browse through our future news on Zapaday.com on your Android, iPhone or iPad and stay updated. Feeling better already? Share your recovery stories (and feedback) with us!
Today we released the first part of our Zapaday redesign. The event page now has less clutter, we have a new top bar, and a new feature: ‘Most viewed on Zapaday’.
We got inspired by all your feedback and tips so do keep them coming!