Producers of social media content, increasingly used by news organizations, remain unpaid.
News organizations themselves are plagued by corporate interests and limited resources, while still trying to cover everything, all the time.
The abysmal state of press freedom and the lack of support for those contributing vital news content, as well as the decline in investigative journalism, is UNSUSTAINABLE.
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Vettage.com is also a marketplace. Once the editors gather all relevant raw media content from contributors they have connected with, they compose a news piece, or several pieces, in any format they choose (anything from a photo essay to a multimedia segment).
Subscribers then rate content according to four criteria: (1) Importance to the Public, (2) Accuracy and Verifiability, (3) Timeliness, and (4) Presentation. In doing so, subscribers afford each other multiple angles on the stories that matter most.
As the news media's boots on the ground, you earn a larger percentage of the total subscriptions than editors. The higher the subscribers rate the final piece which uses your content, the higher the percentage you are paid.
As an editor, although your share of the subscription revenue is less than that of a raw media contributor, you are free to compose multiple pieces for multiple stories, from anywhere in the world. Search the database by keyword and other criteria to find content relating to your story. Again, the higher the ratings, the higher the returns.
Journalism is about serving the public interest.
When you subscribe, you do so because you are fed up with media bias, special interest influence, and you want the kind of quality reporting which has been lost to budget cuts and ad-driven infotainment.
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Your decisions are too important to be based on anything less.