A NEW KIND OF NEWS

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The In­done­sian news plat­form Kumparan re­ceived an­other boost in its ef­forts to cre­ate an en­tirely new news ex­pe­ri­ence with a fresh round of in­vest­ment from GDP Ven­ture, a tech­fo­cused ven­ture cap­i­tal fund. The In­done­sian-lan­guage news site com­bines con­tent cre­ated by pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ists with user-gen­er­ated so­cial me­dia items, al­low­ing read­ers and pub­lish­ers – or those who are a bit of both – to set up ac­counts through Face­book. Users can then cus­tomise their Kumparan ex­pe­ri­ence by se­lect­ing which ac­counts they want to fol­low. Founded by ex­ec­u­tives at DetikCom, a pop­u­lar news site in In­done­sia that bur­nished its brand with hard-hit­ting re­port­ing on the 1998 ri­ots that led to the end of Gen­eral Suharto’s 30-year reign, Kumparan has been closely watched from its start. “Our con­cept is to let read­ers cre­ate con­tent as well, to in­ter­act and en­gage with them, rather than only serv­ing them the news,” chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer An­drias Ekoyuono told Digital News Asia. “We be­lieve this will an­swer the needs of to­day’s digital na­tive so­ci­ety.”

In­done­sian news plat­form Kumparan

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