Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa will become editor-in-chief of Circa, the company announced Tuesday. Circa is a mobile news app that aims to present news “without the fluff, filler, or commentary.”
“There’s a huge opportunity to present news in a way that’s made for mobile,” De Rosa said in the company’s announcement. He told Mathew Ingram “he will be adding some new elements to Circa’s news repertoire — including a possible move into more traditional reporting.”
“[I]t doesn’t necessarily mean boots on the ground, but I definitely want to see the newsroom verifying information for themselves, so if we can contact primary sources and make sure that we feel comfortable about the information we’re putting out.”
DeRosa said on Twitter that he would remain in New York City. De Rosa told Poynter in an email that Circa does “not yet” have an office in New York.
Earlier this month, Chris Roush reported De Rosa was among a trio of Reuters editors reprimanded “for failing to tell their superiors that the home of a now-terminated social media employee had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The employee was Matthew Keys, who has since feuded with De Rosa online. Reuters fired Keys in April.
“Per company policy I can’t comment on any of the details surrounding the Matthew Keys situation, including confirming or denying what’s been reported,” Thomson Reuters spokesperson Barb Burg told Poynter in an email after I asked about Roush’s report. Roush told me he hadn’t had any pushback from anyone at Reuters.