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Citizen Journalism Sites
Opportunities to get your stories and projects published online are exploding just as traditional media outlets implode.
CNN and Reuters
Submit your stories to the citizen journalist components at major news outlets like CNN.com/iReport and Reuters/YouWitness, are publishing photos, videos, and stories by ….anyone. CNN’s iReport “is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked or screened before they post. Only the stories marked “On CNN” have been vetted by CNN for use in CNN’s global news coverage.” An incredible opportunity to report on the under-reported and unknown stories you care about. Follow CNNiReport on Twitter.
GroundReport is “hyperlocal news and opinion from around the world.”
The Ground Report website says: “GroundReport is an world news platform that combines digital reporting tools and a selective human network to power the best global citizen journalism on the web.” From wikipedia: enables anyone to publish news reports and videos and earn a share of ad revenues. With a mission statement to ‘democratize the media,’ GroundReport’s 4,000 international contributors report from the scene of world events to add local, on-the-ground insight to international news. To establish trust, GroundReport uses a Wikipedia-like model of volunteer editors and community feedback, combined with a 5-star rating system. Contributors retain rights to their work, and can choose from a range of Creative Commons licenses. The New York-based company was founded by Rachel Sterne in 2006, inspired by her work reporting on Darfur for the United Nations. Follow GroundReport on Twitter
NowPublic, just acquired by the Examiner.com, is called “an innovative Web site for citizen-generated media” in a NYTimes article announcing the deal by Brian Stelter from Sept 1, 2009. NowPublic’s site says that “by harnessing the wisdom of crowds and tapping into the news creating potential of the hundreds of millions of Internet users, bloggers and photography enthusiasts, NowPublic is changing the way news is made and distributed.”
Current.com is the place to find and share stories and videos that are interesting to you. It connects to Current TV, a global cable and satellite TV network. “Current is about what’s going on in your world: all the things you and your friends are actually interested in — that you won’t find on any other news site or cable TV channel.”
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Causecast, dubbed “a one stop philanthropy shop” by TechCrunch, is a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose.
People want to do good, want to be inspired, and want to inspire others to join them in giving back. Causecast makes this easy by providing users with means to CONNECT with people, leaders, charities, nonprofit organizations, and brands that inspire them. Follow CauseCast on Twitter.
OhMyNews International -OhMyNews is a Korea based news organization made up entirely of citizen journalists reporting on news and issues around the world.
The Glimpse.com allows you to share your story if you are living or have lived oversees.
The Glimpse.com CORRESPONDENTS PROGRAM
is supported by National Geographic. Once accepted,Glimpse corespondent’s receive a stipend and support to tell their story. Any skilled photographer or writer can qualify if they are going to be in a place; working, studying or traveling for at least 10 weeks, are between the ages of 18-34, and have an original story to tell.
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Allvoices is a global, open-media news site where anyone can report from anywhere.
“Editors don’t choose what story gets front-page billing on our site–you do. When a report is first posted, our proprietary system validates the story’s relevance, adding related news, photos, video, and Allvoices contributor reports within minutes. Then the Allvoices community steps in, adding their own news and media to each report, as well as commenting on and ranking the story. The more buzz a report gets, the higher up it moves.
We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that one voice can ignite a global conversation. We envision a true ‘people’s media,’ where each report generates multiple points of view and a direct, emotional connection to what really matters.”
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