Launch Date - 5 December 2016
Founders - Kieran Murphy and Bart Riepe, later joined by Aleksandar.
What’s in a Name - 98Clicks represents the 98 different news stories we present to our readers every day. This means that when you read the stories on our site you are accessing headlines from local news sources from exactly half of the countries in the world, giving you a wider scope of view than is possible when reading news from the traditional news outlets you may be accustomed with.
Why 98 News Stories and not 196? - Although there are 196 countries in the world we felt that presenting news headlines for each of them would take an excessive amount of time for our readers to get through each day. We felt that half of that number would allow us to provide a bite sized chunk of information for our readers, while still ensuring they have access to a significant amount of news they would not usually have.
Mission Statement - To provide local news stories from around the world to readers in a simple, accessible manner that hasn’t been biased by our own countries media and point of view. We want to hear what local people have to say about their own countries.
How - We source our news headlines direct from national news outlets found local to each of the 196 countries in the world. We then randomise what stories out of the 196 countries get shown each day to give our readers a bite sized chunk of the world’s news.
Why - The internet enables all the information in the world to be at our fingertips with the press of a button, yet despite this, our knowledge of what people outside of our environment live through is still limited. We wanted to show what the world looked like through these people’s eyes, to present their news stories to you and allow you to understand what they go through each and every day.
We are Not Perfect - In our search for news sites to present the most up to date and current news stories we are aware of the fact that not every website we will have discovered to represent the news of each nation may not be entirely free from bias. If you feel you know of a news source that would be a better fit that one we already hold in place, please let us know.