Monday, December 04, 2006

Big boost for citizen photo-journalism

Yahoo and Reuters have jointly launched a new effort to consolidate citizen photo-journalism efforts. Starting tuesday, people can upload photographs taken from their cellphones or digital cameras onto a section called you witness news on Yahoo news.

These photos will be put up on Yahoo news and Reuters sites and will be available to editors at Yahoo News and Reuters, who will use the photographs in relevant articles. The best part is that people whose photos or videos are selected for distribution to Reuters' clients will be paid!

The best part is that this part of a broader initiative by Reuters. According to the New York Times,

The arrangement with Yahoo is one of several initiatives by Reuters to use the
Internet to bring new sources to its news report. It has invested $7 million in
Pluck, a company that distributes content from blogs to newspapers and other
traditional media outlets. It has also backed two more experimental ventures: NewAssignment.net, an effort to foster reporting that combines the work of professional journalists with input from online readers, and Global Voices, a collection of blogs from less-developed countries.


It would be very interesting to see how well this initiative will perform. Articles announcing this news have listed a number of reasons why this could potentially fail. One of them ofcourse, is that this will not give the user the instant gratification they can get by putting their videos or photos on websites such as youtube.

But maybe people will still participate enthusiastically because being carried alongside a Reuters article is definitely more prestigious than being seen on youtube. Besides, they can make money too!

2 Comments:

Blogger the sak said...

Please look into... rodents running along the window sills in patients' rooms at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services 5th floor South, for example in Room 501 where there are 4 patients. Towels, linens and sanitary materials are kept on the window sills. Iatrogenic skin infections compromise patients healing, recovery and length of stay at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services.

Iatrogenic skin infections.
Iatrogenic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iatrogenic
skin infections compromise patients healing, recovery and length of stay at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services.

Rodents
. Please look into better control of rodents.

. Rodents run along window sills of patients' rooms on the 5th floor South where towels, linens and other sanitary materials are stored.

5th floor South Kitchen at Geriatric Care Services
. There are rodent droppings in the kitchen at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services 5th floor South.


Cleaning rodent droppings
. Clean up of rodent droppings needs to be done so as not to spread the dried particulate from the droppings.


Unsanitary vents. Window air conditioners.
. Window air conditioners vents are laden with gunk, dirt, dust and other matter that is blowing into the interior air of patients rooms' environment.

Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services
170 Morton St 5th floor
Boston MA 02130

Hospital Main Entrance on
Jewish War Veterans Drive
near Cemetery Road

Maps. Hospital Main Entrance.
http://maps.google.com
http://maps.yahoo.com
http://maps.msn.com

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