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It's been circa two days since the app was launched, so you're likely familiar with the essentials: Circa is a mobile-first media/tech start-up that has deconstructed the article, seeking a more direct way to place news in the palm of your hand. 

This means discarding "fluff," "filler" and "commentary," and keeping only "essential points" such as facts, quotes, photos and maps, each of which is presented on its own "flash card" (two examples pictured).

Today, Editors Weblog Skyped with Circa's founding editor David Cohn about whether Circa's intentions toward the article are murderous, and what a newsroom without reporting looks like. In the spirit of the pared-down, fluff-free news, here is a (nearly untouched) transcript of our conversation.

How has it gone so far? Are you happy with the number of downloads, and the responses you are getting?

So far - feeling pretty good. To be honest, I don't even know how many downloads we have. I haven't looked. But we were the #1 app in the news section Monday and Tuesday. That's always an exciting thing for a startup. Responses have been great.

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Emma Knight

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2012-10-18 09:32

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Dear Mario,

Reading your blog today (garciamedia.com), I spotted a June post I had missed: what your dream tablet conference in 2012 would look like. We have just finished the programming for the coming 5th Tablet and Apps Summit (October 30 in Frankfurt).

So I ran a checklist hoping you might agree with our topics and take “your dancing shoes” to our summit…

- We seem to agree that it’s necessary to “Rethink Media Apps on Mobile and Tablets”. What you call the next generation of news apps.

- We did not call it an iPad conference. The iPad is still the best. Our speakers from Stern magazine and GQ magazine will probably be with you on that. But from a publisher’s point of view, you need to stimulate the competition. So we have invited a Microsoft evangelist and two European publishers who have started to explore Windows 8 possibilities and tablets.

- We are looking at the wider meaning of mobile platforms. You would probably not recommend that. But we do think it’s important to understand usage in order to better serve tablets AND smartphones.

- We focus on two things that are of importance to you:

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Valérie Arnould

Date

2012-10-03 10:56

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A new long-form journalism website called Mampoer, and based in South Africa, is preparing to launch in the near future, according to journalism.co.uk's Rachel McAthy. Mampoer, "will invite writers to submit pieces of long-form journalism to be downloadable on digital devices," McAthy writes.

Every daily and Sunday title in Northern Ireland suffered circulation declines in the latest ABC report according to an article posted on PressGazette.co.uk. Northern Ireland’s largest-selling daily, The Belfast Telegraph, fell 9.2 percent to 53,847, the article states.

The UK's Independent says prosecutors involved in the phone hacking scandal will reveal a list of the names of up to 600 victims "within weeks."

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Brian Veseling

Date

2012-08-23 17:40

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