Let’s say you were a witness to something tragic or exciting, something newsworthy like a terrorist bombing or a record-breaking track race. You were on the scene and captured important photos or video, and wrote a story about the experience. Now there are many citizen journalism sites that want you to submit your material, from NowPublic to Yahoo’s You Witness News to CNN Exchange. And there’s also hyper-local sites around the country and world that want you to contribute every little happening or event in your local neighborhood. My question is where would you take that newsworthy information that you have, and why? Would you go to the highest bidder, see who would pay you the most? Would you want your work to have the biggest impact? Or would you just be doing it to help the wider community? What would motivate you to submit material to one of these sites? If you run one of these sites, tell us how you get people to contribute. Use the comments to share your thoughts, and I’ll run the best ones in the next Your Take Roundup.
What would motivate you to contribute to a citizen media site?
Mediatwits Google Hangout
Mediatwits on SoundCloud
MediaShift delivers the best news on media and technology directly to your in-box.
Best of Mediashift
- Special Series: Redefining Engagement
- Engagement is Relational, not Transactional
- Thinking of Starting a Podcast? Read This First
- 10 Predictions for Media Metrics in 2016
- Journalism Education's Big Miss: Ignoring the Business Side
- Special Series: Inside the Content Marketing Boom
- The Rise of the Engagement Editor and What It Means
- How Quartz is Bringing Storytelling, Interactive Design to Sponsored Content
- DigitalEd: How to Personalize Your Content for Better Engagement
Get MediaShift Daily via Email
Follow us on Social
Who we Are
MediaShift explains how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are changing with digital disruption and adapting their business models for a more mobile, networked world.
If you're interested in submitting a guest column, see our guidelines here.