Not on the Wires

The team behind Not on the Wires 'want to leave on a high' and focus on new projects

Not on the Wires, a site devoted to multimedia storytelling, announced its closure today.

Launched two years ago, "Not on the Wires' mission was to push the boundaries, documenting ‘the whole world, one story at a time’ with cutting edge multimedia storytelling".

The team has decided to stop updating the site as they are all "moving on to new projects in different areas and want to leave on a high", Alex Wood, one of the site's co-founders, told Journalism.co.uk.

During its time online, the magazine site has covered stories from Uzbekistan, Syria, Argentina, South Africa, Malta and Egypt, achieving an audience of over 40,000.

Content has been syndicated, including in Revista Trés, a print magazine based in Brazil.

In a release, the Not on the Wires team said they were all "excited about the future, and happy about the progression and success of the experimental project".

"The invaluable lessons and experience gained from Not on the Wires have been crucial in leading them to their next challenges and projects."

Dominique van Heerden, one of the original co-founders, who left the group in 2011 to concentrate on her work at CNN, continues to pursue her career in broadcast at the London bureau.

Marcus Gilroy Ware, co-founder and creative director, will complete a masters degree in law in May 2012. He has plans for a new digital storytelling platform, DeeperStories, to be launched in beta in September, as well as consulting and running creative tech firm VSC Creative. He will also be contributing to website openDemocracy on internet law and politics, and continuing to convene online journalism for the MA in international journalism at City University London.

Alex Wood, also a co-founder, continues to write about mobile technology and shoots finance videos for the web. He is now working on Kikai, a new website covering entrepreneurship, travel, food, viral internet culture and more. Kikai will be launched in May.

Emanuelle Degli Esposti, who joined the team as editor in 2011, continues to pursue a career in freelance journalism with a focus on the Middle East. She has recently founded the Arab Review, an online magazine which will cover arts and culture in the Arab World.

The website will remain available online as a resource and archive of all of the previous content, the release explains.

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