Contribly started life in The Guardian’s busy newsroom, where editors discovered the potential of engaging their global audience in reporting the news. They wanted to turn their users in to contributors and build a community they knew well and could tap into.
The need for high quality for digital and print publication as well as exacting standards for verification meant that new, robust and efficient tools were needed to manage this incoming stream of photos, videos, stories and data from around the world.
Fast forward to 2016 with over 1 million contributions and with the award-winning Guardian Witness in its fourth year, Contribly becomes an independent company. The Contribly founders are on a mission to help busy editors and teams everywhere, with deadlines to meet, bring user generated content to life and become a platform for their audience. Turning audiences into communities.
Meet the founders
Tony McCrae is an experienced and highly regarded developer, who has been involved with Contribly, formerly n0tice, since the very beginning. Tony is the architect of the Contribly Platform.
Francesca Dumas started out as a stage manager engaging theatre audiences before moving to client development in The Guardian’s n0tice team. She brings her experience and understanding of user generated content (UGC) and audience development, together with her fluent French, Spanish and English to make community building a success everywhere.
Linda Broughton is a software engineer by profession whose experience in working with CNN, Boston Globe, ESPN, Parliament and Britannica is now focussed on making Contribly-driven user generated content and community building integral to what you do.