Eyes + Ears: Vancouver-based NowPublic.com

Largest Participatory Journalism Website in the World

On Saturday, the Globe and Mail British Columbia section opened with a feature article on Vancouver-based NowPublic.com. Jonathan Woodward’s article notes that NowPublic.com has ballooned into the world’s largest participatory journalism site with 60,000 contributors in 140 countries.

More interesting, however, is the recent agreement with Associated Press which lets AP tap into the NowPublic.com posts for scoops and photographs. This marks an interesting shift in how contributors to sites such as NowPublic.com are being viewed as potential news sources and indeed as a new breed of freelancer.

Vancouver is also home to a second crowd-sourcing news organization: Orato.com

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