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Allvoices.com to offer healthcare plan for its US citizen journalists

Citizen journalism site Allvoices is to offer a healthcare plan – at a cost – to its regular contributors in the US, it announced last week. It’s open to all its users who participate in its journalism incentive scheme and produce 15 new articles per month.

We believe health care is a basic human right, even though it is still dependent upon a less-than-perfect system which keeps it from those in our society who are most in need.  Many within that group are recently un- or under-employed journalists.  These are talented people who have a valuable, necessary skill to contribute but can’t because of consolidation within the media industry.

The site has plans to introduce other benefits it says:

…We see this as a small and very necessary step toward changing the future of journalism as we know it.  The plan we now have in place is a great start for a citizen media site, but we’re cognizant of what else is needed; additional benefits will be introduced over time as we continue to grow.  For a while we’ve been soliciting feedback from our community on other benefits they’d like to see in return for their work, and we intend on delivering.  We’re committed to providing an environment where people can not just augment their living by writing for Allvoices, but can make their living here if they so choose.

Journalism.co.uk readers in the US will have to tell us how the plan shapes up next to other alternatives…

In January we reported how AllVoices, with five million unique visitors a month and 275,000 reporters, plans to develop its presence in hyperlocal and global markets.

Allvoices signs syndication deal with WENN

Following the launch of its syndication scheme in October, citizen journalism site Allvoices has signed a deal with WENN (World Entertainment and News Network), which provides images, videos and other entertainment news to more than 1,000 partners.

WENN will now have exclusive syndication rights to all entertainment-related content uploaded by Allvoices’ users and allow its partners to buy up Allvoices’ work, a press release said.

WENN will split the proceeds of any sale with Allvoices, which will then split its take with the original creator – 75 per cent of the money for non-exclusive and exclusive images and video content, according to our interview with CEO Aki Hashmi in October.

“Partners using the Allvoices platform have options for sourcing content: either through a direct sale; or using Allvoices’ widgets which lets partners pick and present specific stories and automated feeds for their sites on just about any subject, from anywhere in the world. Partners have complete control over the content that appears on their sites, and many have already put the Allvoices tools to work, adding local knowledge and expertise that enhances and adds depth to their own staff’s reporting, photography and video,” the release explained.

Last month Allvoices announced it would recruit and pay professional journalists to contribute to its website. As part of the Provoices scheme, journalists will be paid up to $250 (around £150) a story and more for ‘high-traffic’ items.

Cit-J site Allvoices adds Twitter info to help verify news stories

Citizen journalism site www.allvoices.com has introduced live event and location-specific Twitter data into its reports, the site announced in a press release yesterday.

The site will now display the latest tweets relating to news stories by location (city, country and region). Around reports from its users, it will include Twitter updates relating to that particular event or news item.

For ‘mainstream’ news reported on the site, Allvoices will now include aggregated tweets relating to those reports to show the conversation around the news.

The addition of the Twitter data will help the site vet stories for authenticity, Allvoices explained. It will be used to provide additional context and rank reports in Allvoices’ ‘Breaking’ and ‘Popular’ news categories. The integration will also add a real-time element to the site’s news stories.

The Twitter data will supplement the existing vetting procedure, which pulls together related content from mainstream news and user-generated sources, like videos, blogs and pictures, to attempt a ‘360-degree view of the news’.

“Twitter alone as a source for news doesn’t have the ability to tell a full story. Allvoices delivers the full story for a report plus a deeper understanding of the conversations going on around that event. What’s great about the system we’ve built is that it can take virtually any data source and apply it to user-generated and mainstream news reports,” said Dr Sanjay Sood, chief technical officer for allvoices.com, in the release.

In May this year the site introduced an incentive scheme for its contributors.