Creative Circle is on a mission to help local media get through the COVID-19 crisis
We've created a series of web applications to help local publishers recover revenue lost to COVID. Many have a coronavirus angle. "What's Open," "Honor My Grad" and "My Election" all create user-generated content and new revenue. "Premium Pages" provides year-round, high-end digital special sections on 24 hot topics that will drive both readership and revenue.
Watch a recorded demo

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10-minute demo of What's Open app

While our live demos go into more detail and answer questions, this video will give you a good overview of why you need What's Open NOW!  

I LOVE IT! We use this app in Arizona. I highly recommend it for your local market. Bill and his team are fantastic.

– Charlene Bisson, AZ Group Publisher, Independent Newsmedia, Phoenix, Ariz.

"This (election app) is another great idea. . . Perfect timing."

– Shawn Storie, Group Manager-Publisher, Smith Newspapers

This is a really great feature. I appreciate all the work you guys have put into it

– Don Foy, news editor, Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, Tenn.

What’s Open has been wonderfully received by our community. It fills a much-needed niche.

– Jim Johnson, publisher/owner, The News, Kalona, Iowa

This is the best thing we have done for the community in years! I think this will pay big dividends long after this crisis is over. Great job on this. It puts the newspaper in the forefront and leader in the community and puts us way ahead of our other media competitors in the area!

– Billy Kirk, advertising director, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport, Tenn.

This is going to save us time and help us a lot. Thank you!

– publisher, Madisonville, Texas

Want to get in on these opportunities?
Contact Bill Ostendorf, our founder, at / 401-455-1555 or Sean Finch, VP/Sales at / 309-269-7834 today!
Best practices for What's Open

8 tips for getting the most out of What's Open

We're all looking for best practices in everything we do. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your What's Open platform from Creative Circle.

Read the press release

Creative Circle releases web app to help publishers solve desperate need for their communities during Covid-19 crisis

Creative Circle Media Solutions has released “What’s open” – a web application built specifically to help communities and media outlets deal with the chaos of the coronavirus outbreak.

Marketing material

Download marketing and promotional materials for What's Open

We've created a flyer for sales reps to use in talking with advertisers along with a couple house ads to help you market What's Open to your business community.    

More about our apps and COVID-19
Read about our second app

Creative Circle releases app to help parents make a fuss over their 2020 grads

Graduation in 2020 is like no other. It stinks, especially for parents. But Creative Circle Media Solutions has released “Honor My Grad” – a web application built specifically to help parents, schools and media outlets give the graduating class of 2020 their due recognition.  

Read Bill's column

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Giving back to journalism

Creative Circle creates coronavirus information site for news industry

Aiming to help newspapers and other news organizations navigate the coronavirus public health crisis, America’s Newspapers and Editor & Publisher have launched Media Virus Watch …

Saving Small Papers

Saving small newspapers is a passion for Creative Circle

Two small, rural towns in South Dakota are battling to save their newspapers, and Creative Circle has stepped in to help. The De Smet News and The Lake Preston Times – have a combined weekly circulation of about 1,900.

Some of our other services
Web CMS: mediasiteQ

We've created the most flexible and easy-to-use CMS platforms anywhere. It's content-centric, user-friendly and fully customizable.

Print CMS: newsroomQ

Finally! An editorial production system that's easy and efficient to use, stable and works with any recent version of InDesign or Quark. It will save you time and money and your staff will love it!

Daily print redesigns

Our redesigns of print products improve your content for everything you do and we can still grow print audience and revenue.


The industry's first pay wall is also the best! More flexible and gives you more control than any other platform. Handles hard paywalls, e-commerce, metered, day passes, memberships and more!

QuickAds & classifieds

This is one of the most innovative and flexible new revenue platform in media. Self-service text ads are the fastest growing ad type on the web.

Digital ad sales blitzes

We can substantially jump your web revenues with a targeted sales blitz led by our VP/sales, Sean Finch. If you have wasted inventory, turn those ad positions into cash with a Creative Circle sales …