OpenWatch, which presented at media startup accelerator Matter‘s NYC Demo Day today, wants to become a video platform for citizen journalism worldwide. Founded in November last year, the company is at the start of its fundraising process, with the hope of closing a fast seed round to get things off the ground.
The purpose of OpenWatch is to create a global network of video reporters and investigators who can expose important issues around the world, co-founder and CEO Rich Jones tells us. The appeal of OpenWatch is especially apparent overseas in countries where the press isn’t free.
“We still have a semblance of a free press [in the U.S.],” Jones said. “This project has serious international implications. I really do believe that mobile tech and network tech has a huge opportunity for creating a public free press for countries that didn’t have that opportunity before.”
He added that…
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