Next Big, an online news platform, said it will launch its “best local news” service in 2019.
The company said it plans to offer its services on mobile devices in 2020 and that its website will have a full front page with a daily news article, video, and live-streaming feature.
It also said it has a $1 million round of funding led by Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz, and that it will start a team of “digital natives” to “build and run a newsroom.”
Next Big News is a platform that connects news outlets to news consumers in the form of video, audio, text, and photos.
It aims to build on Next Big’s news platform with its “local” section, where content is curated and vetted by a news editor who then delivers stories to subscribers based on the recommendations.
Next Big, which will be the first platform to launch in 2019, plans to be the largest provider of local news in the United States, according to the company.
It plans to make its services available to about 300 million users worldwide.
Next, Next Big said it had received more than 100,000 applications for the service, and it had started accepting applications from “small-to-medium-sized news outlets, local news organizations, and community media outlets.”
It said that it expects to launch its service in 2021.