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Finnish Scoopshot App powers crowdsourced global news photography

October 11, 2011

I have spottings approved by Springwise for some time now, which hopefully should start appearing soon. Here is one I spotted some time ago which appeared in Springwise today. Click the pic to go to the original spotting.

App powers crowdsourced global news photography

Scoopshot is a mobile platform enabling global crowdsourced photojournalism.

Now, in Finland, a crowdsourced photography app called Scoopshotenables photographers to choose what to charge for their pictures, create professional portfolios, and receive global coverage.

Anyone can download the Scoopshot app for free to their iPhone or Android device and begin using the service by taking photos of newsworthy scenes. They can then price their photos — EUR 29 is a typical price for a news photograph worth publishing —  and post them on Scoopshot along with a sentence to explain the story. Journalists seeking photos can either set location-specific assignments, or search for photos to accompany stories by location, keywords or International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) category. Scoopshot ensures all photos on the site are fresh by removing them after 48 hours. Photographers are sent a notice to their phone if their photos are purchased, and can then transfer money earned directly to their bank account.

Freelance photographers can also create a portfolio of nine images, which are accessible to media organizations around the world, and can promote themselves using feedback from previous buyers. Scoopshot organize the publishing rights and payment, which removes the hassle for journalists and enables them to access quality images at low cost from photographers around the world. A free 48 hour trial is currently available, during which time users can browse the Scoopshot photo stream and try out the Scoopshot features.

Sourcing photos for news stories abroad can be costly and complicated, and Scoopshot seems to offer a much needed helping hand.


Spotted by: John Greene

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