Have Camera Phone Will Travel – Become A Photo-Journalist

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Dec 05 2006
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What was your childhood’s dream? To become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, teacher or a journalist? But you didn’t like to study and you came out second from the bottom, most of the time. You hate science, mathematics, arts and most of the subjects taught in school but you love to hang around with a bunch of school-mates and somehow you like to do something which the school didn’t provide – photographing. Yes, you like to take pictures with that square box called camera and as you grew up, you’ve taken thousands of photos (what more with current technology of digital cameras and camera phones) but you’re just a step away from being a journalist.

Now, according to comScore MediaMetrix, you can become photojournalists with the initiatives by Yahoo (Nasdaq : YHOO, quote) and Reuters (LON : RTRSY, quote). Starting 5-Dec-2006, anyone can submit photos and videos to be placed throughout Reuters and Yahoo News.

The project is among the most ambitious efforts in what has become known as citizen journalism, attempts by bloggers, start-up local news sites and by global news organizations like CNN and the BBC to see if readers can also become reporters.

“There is an ongoing demand for interesting and iconic images,” said Chris Ahearn, the president of the Reuters media group. He said the agency had always bought newsworthy pictures from individuals and part-time contributors known as stringers.

In fact, many news organizations turned to photographs taken by amateurs to supplement coverage of events like the London subway bombing and the Asian tsunami.

Public will be able to upload photos and videos to a section of Yahoo called You Witness News at the following link – news.yahoo.com/page/youwitnessnews. The pre-requirement is to have an account with Flickr (creating a new account is free) as the photos and videos will be stored in Flickr before editors can review, verify and categorize the submitted materials.

The bad news is users will not be paid for images displayed on the Yahoo and Reuters sites but people whose photos or videos are selected for distribution to Reuters clients will receive a payment (the quantum has yet to be confirmed).

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