We’re all journalists now

Posted on August 2, 2007  /  1 Comments

NowPublic, the participatory citizen-journalist website that began life in a garage in
Vancouver, Canada, has announced it has secured US$10.6 million in venture capital funding.

The website allows anyone – from amateurs to professionals – to post news stories and upload images, videos, and audio files. The company, that claims to be the world’s fastest-growing news organisation, says 120,000 people from over 140 countries have contributed to the site since its launch in 2005.

The website relies for its content on “crowdsourcing” – that it describes as being similar to outsourcing, but with unpaid or low-paid amateurs.

Participatory journalism has already begun to influence traditional news organisations. Gannett, the largest chain of newspapers in the US has begun incorporating news, blogs and community discussions from its readers in over 90 newspapers across the country.

Elsewhere, the world’s largest news agency, the Associated Press (AP,) has struck a deal to distribute information, images and videos from citizen-journalists posted on NowPublic.com to news organisations around the globe. Read more.

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