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Publish2 offers media training prizes to grow network

Publish2 – the link-sharing website exclusively for journalists – is running a promotion to reward members who invite other journalists to join the site.

The prizes include a $25 gift card redeemable for training at Mediabistro.com and a prize draw to win a MacBook Pro and a trip to the Mediabistro Circus conference in New York City.

Members can opt for a choice of three gift cards for the first 10 journalists who register with the website by March 31 following their recommendation. All journalists who get a recommendation to register will be entered for the prize draw.

Publish2 launched publicly last October and allows users to share website links on Twitter and delicious.

BreakingNewsOn wins a Shorty award

BreakingNewsOn (BNO) – the Twitter-based news alert service – has triumphed at the Shorty awards by winning the best news category.

The awards – held in New York yesterday – celebrated the best producers of short content on the microblogging site.

There were 25 other categories up for grabs, including best weird, best social media and best personal content.

In true Twitter style, the winners’ acceptance speeches were limited to 140 characters.

BNO has been providing news coverage since May 2007 and at time of writing has more than 24,000 followers.

In January, BNO founder Michael van Poppel announced the news service would be launching as a website later in the year.

Hubdub introducing ads to website

Hubdub – the prediction site where users bet virtual money on news events – is to introduce advertising onto the website.

In an official blog post, Hubdub said it would be trying out Google Adsense as well as display advertising.

The company hopes the advertising will not negatively effect the look or functionality of the site, which recently signed deals with the Independent and Reuters to feature their news stories on the website.

NME to produce a free online version of its magazine

NME has teamed up with John Menzies Digital to launch an online version of the popular music magazine, it was announced in a release today.

Online subscribers will receive a free, digital copy of the full magazine by email ‘every week in the run up to festival season’. The campaign aims to target 15-24 year olds who visit the website but do not buy the print version. After the initial offer, readers will pay to receive the email version.

The move builds on the success of NME.com and will deliver the product to an audience that is ‘currently missing out’, NME publishing director, Paul Cheal, said in the release.

“By working with John Menzies Digital, we can get NME – and all it has to offer in print – to a core group of music fans, as well as offer significant added value to advertisers at no additional cost,” Cheal added.

John Menzies Digital launched last summer and offers a range of paid-for magazines for download.

“NME is a huge brand in the music market and one that we are very excited to be working with, Sarah Clegg, John Menzies Digital managing director, said in the release.

“Through this unique initiative with NME we will be able to demonstrate the value of digital content and delivery to consumers who decide to access NME’s print edition via our digital platform. We look forward to seeing the positive impact created through offering the magazine via this new channel,” she said.

ITN launches iPhone news app

ITN has launched a free news application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

It is the first, video-focused news application created for the Apple products and its special offline function allows users to access UK, world and sports news when they are out of wifi range, according to a press release from ITN.

“News is one of the biggest services on handsets and ITN has built a great reputation as a provider of high quality videojournalism on mobile,” said Nicholas Wheeler, managing director of multimedia division ITN On, in the release.

The application is available to download at the iTunes’ store – and at time of writing is the seventh most downloaded free news app from iTunes.

FT.com is also looking to tap into the iPhone market with plans to introduce a new site for the handset.