Joshua Topolsky, founder of Independent Media, has launched The Outline, a digital news platform that embraces a new vision for storytelling aimed at bringing smart stories to young readers, with a focus on power, culture, and the future. The Outline will present news beyond article and slideshow formats. Independent Media and The Outline are funded by influential investors, including RRE Ventures, investors in BuzzFeed, Business Insider, and Huffington Post; Boat Rocker Media, producers of BBC America and Spaces’ Orphan Black; Advancit Capital, co-founded by Shari Redstone, vice-chairman of CBS and Viacom, and NextView Ventures.

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