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Jurnid, a publishing platform launched last year to allow journalists to set a paywall around their own content, has introduced a newsrooms feature for management and collaboration within teams of writers.

Each newsroom's managing editor can commission articles, receive notifications when articles are uploaded and edit stories before publishing to their website and social media.

"When we first started out the vision was to have a platform that became an entrepreneurial toolkit for journalists and journalism students," Andrew Quarrie, founder of Jurnid, told Journalism.co.uk.

"We're not doing anything other than providing you with a very comprehensive set of tools so you can publish and get your word out about your particular stories, collaborate with other journalists on the platform and now, with brands, create newsrooms."

Throughout 2013, users were able to attach articles to 'causes' based around ideas, non-profit organisations and businesses, Quarrie said, but some organisations wanted more control over the messages associated with their brand.

This inspired the latest addition to the platform, which lets a user request to set up a 'newsroom' section on Jurnid around their organisation. Other users can follow that newsroom, or 'request access' to contribute articles.

The newsroom idea also extends the mentorship scheme between students and professionals that has been central to Jurnid since it launched, with the ability for the managing editor of a newsroom to share feedback with contributors.

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Screenshot from Jurnid.com, showing the publishing interface

"The platform is set up so that journalism students can set up their portfolio and can publish their own content but it would be great if they could find brands that they can be in touch with on the platform and be able to build their portfolio contributing to a particular brand," continued Quarrie.

At present, Jurnid is only accessible to those granted access upon request but, once accepted, users can write directly into the platform, embed images directly from a linked Flickr or Instagram account, publish to websites and – through a Pro account – monetise articles with a paywall.

Jurnid have also recently "integrated" with domain management service iwantmyname.com, to allow users to set up their own websites with a custom domain and publish directly from Jurnid to their site.

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Screengrab from NateAnton.com, showing the stories published directly from Jurnid to his website

Jurnid is not alone in recent projects helping aspiring journalists to publish their work or build a portfolio online. Ghost, a publishing platform intended to make web-publishing easier for writers, launched last October, while new project The News Hub hopes to launch in the coming months as a platform for journalists to earn money from their work.

More options for online publishing and portfolios are available here: "5 ways journalists can make the most of portfolio platforms".

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