My first notion is Narrative has the advantage of having a broader scope. This is to be a social network, not just an outlet for journalists.
Next - journalists would do well to put their pieces on any network that will pay. I doubt exclusivity will be a part of these deals.
I think one of the biggest factors for journalists will be the size of the network. If we launch and grow faster than Civil, we will be a more attractive platform for their content.
These are my first impressions - without having researched their project.