Timeline is a media company, based in San Francisco, and led by journalist Jim Giles. It was founded in 2013 by venture capitalist Tamer Hassanein and investor Leon Semenenko. The website is hosted on Medium and publishes historical stories, video and text, primarily focused on the topics of race, class, and gender that relate to today.
History[edit | edit source]
The original conception of Timeline was desktop-oriented. Using a map view, users were supposed to explore “people, events and brands” across time. But in March 2014, Hassanein decided the company needed to pivot, saying to Semenenko, “I think there’s an approach here that will get us to our end goal, and I think it’s contextualized news.” This approached continued with the launch of the timeline app in 2015, which was one of Apple's 25 Best Apps of 2015 and TNW’s Apps of the Year.
Starting in 2017 Timeline refocused coverage to pay more attention to the parts of history that lacked attention from main media organizations at the time. Its website includes two distinct sections for women’s history and black history, and Timeline regularly highlights unsung moments in LGBT history as well. Its website includes two distinct sections for women’s history and black history, and Timeline regularly highlights unsung moments in LGBT history as well.
Facebook[edit | edit source]
Timeline has a facebook page with the name timelinenews where they have regularly posted historical videos on informational subjects since 2015. These videos have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. The historical themes of of race, class, and gender that relate to today are covered in the videos are usually similar to the themes covered in the regular, written articles on the website. The page has over 5 hundred thousand subscribers and millions of views as of April 2018.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Timeline is providing historical context to the news — but is there a business model to support it?". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
- "Timeline - Media Bias/Fact Check". Media Bias/Fact Check. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
- Hussey, Matthew (2015-12-11). "TNW's Apps of the Year: Timeline, an app that finally provides news with context". The Next Web. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
- "To commemorate the 1967 race riots, Timeline is embarking on a two-month-long series in real time". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
- "Timeline". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
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