Internet users transformed into news reporters
I'm constantly amazed at the international reach of this story. here is the Middle East Times in Egypt talking about our deal with the AP:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA -- As picture-taking mobile telephones and digital movie cameras grow ubiquitous, Internet users worldwide are being recruited as citizen news reporters.
In December Yahoo launched YouWitnessNews, a Web site that posts offerings from users after the submissions pass muster with professional editors.
Founded almost two years ago, news Web site NowPublic.com taps into legions of people that post pictures, videos, or commentary online.
NowPublic boasts more than 60,000 contributing "reporters" in more than 140 countries, and promises to quickly locate potential witnesses or news gatherers close to breaking events - from natural disasters to terrorist attacks.