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.
…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…