You may remember an article from The Wall Street Journal earlier this year which talked about the lucrativeness of selling video scoops directly to media outlets. The company at the center of this article was Citizenside, a French company created in 2006. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds, most notably because of a 2007 partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of the three largest news agencies in the world. This year, Citizenside also released their new smartphone app which lets users capture video and photos and upload them directly to the Citizenside website.
Citizenside’s global news coverage is the focus of their service. Most of the stories are based around events in Europe, with a good number of stories from Asia, North America, and South America. Members can add videos and photos directly from the Citizenside website, or they can use the Citizenside mobile apps. You can share your news images with Citizenside’s online community of global citizen reporters, leave comments, and share media to your social networks. Active members can also earn points for their submissions. The more your photo or video is seen, ranked, or commented, the more points you can earn. The highest ranked members of the month are featured on a monthly leaderboard.
Perhaps the largest benefit for joining and posting news to Citizenside is their commission program. Citizenside acts as a sales agent for their extensive network of print and online news outlets (300 in France and 7,000 internationally), and members can receive up to a 60% return on media sold to these outlets. Payment is delivered to members via PayPal within 60 days, and Citizenside maintains an exclusive three-month publishing license once media is uploaded to their service. If you are a buyer for a media agency and want to use any of the photos or videos offered on Citizenside, check out Citizenside Pro for more information.