Muck Rack would like to extend our condolences to and express our tremendous admiration for the staff of Circa, whom we've recently learned are shuttering their doors. This scrappy news app and its team set out to improve the experience of reading news on mobile devices, and in the process inspired countless others to pursue the same worthwhile goal.
"A farewell to @Circa and an opportunity to hire my amazing team. Read about them here," entreats beloved editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa. In the post, he writes, "We got some stuff wrong, but there’s a hell of a lot we got right. There will be a time and place for me to expand on that, today is not that day. I’m delighted to see we’ve inspired many other apps to do part of what we did or attempt to. It’s great that we’ll see various elements of Circa live on through them."
The reactions from Media Twitter were swift and sympathetic. "Mensch through and through @AntDeRosa advocates for his @Circa edit staff … (lots of editors don't do that)," notes Re/code's Edmund Lee. Gerry Smith with Bloomberg News harmonizes, "Classy blog post by @AntDeRosa. Hope all these talented people get hired quickly." Guardian's Dan Gillmor passes on the word: "News orgs, [an opportunity] to hire some smart people, formerly of @Circa, who deeply understand curation." Meanwhile, Reported.ly's Kim Bui has a message for the Circa employees: "Dear @Circa team, I’ve been there and it sucks. If there is anything I can do for you, I’m there." We would like to second that message.