‘What if everybody in the world were my stringers?’
Good question, Mr. Ahearn (head of Reuters media). Stringers are the legion of part-time, semi-pro photographers that send in photos to Reuters.
The New York Times reports that both Reuters and Yahoo! will be inviting more submissions from the public. Yahoo! is calling their new service "youwitnessnews".
It didn't take too long for citizen journalism to become an almost expected part of mainstream news gathering and reporting. Many media outlets have at least some platform to invite submissions. The bigger question to tackle in 2007 is how to actually fairly pay people for their submissions (both for the citizen journalists and the amateur videocontributors).
Ever since I learned about the concept of "flow" -the state that we achieve when engaged in a task that is an optimal balance of challenge and skill- I look for examples of it, with varying degrees of success.
Max Kalehoff posted some interesting thoughts suggesting that the mechanics of YouTube lend itself to a flow-like experience, with the following five characteristics (the post has a few sentences explaining each one):
Two days of cancelled flights meant that I was in limbo in New York, while wishing I was with my twin brother, who welcomed his first son, Anastasio to the world! I already love being an uncle. Congratulations Terry and Matina!
New York was great. Good meetings, amazing weather, incredible restaurants and bars. Spent some time with old friends (like the one and only Chris Torella) and got the chance to meet some new ones in person (Lee, you have to start the weblog. It's time to tap your brain for the planner's republic).