YouReporter is a citizen journalism website that has become a popular destination for people interested in sharing breaking news videos or pictures. Content uploaded on YouReporter.com is often re-used by big media outlets, especially during crisis events as well as for the daily coverage of local news.
Angelo Cimarosti, founder of YouReporter, explains: “We launched YouReporter in 2008, as a purely amateur initiative. I am a broadcast journalist and I have always felt frustrated by the vast amount of videos and pictures available online (it is often impossible for reporters to find them). So, together with Stefano De Nicolo (a broadcast journalist), Luca Bauccio (a lawyer) and Alessandro Coscia (a programmer/designer) we decided to launch a citizen journalism website mainly focused on visual contributions. And this was the right insight at the right time. Around 2009 in Italy we have assisted to an explosion of mobile devices with video-recording capabilities and so our website has become a popular destination for many “citizen journalists” interested in reaching a wider audience. After a 2-year start-up period (with no business plan at all), in 2010 we decided to invest more time and money in YouReporter. That was also because managing a video-centered website means that you spend a lot of money in bandwidth, hosting etc. Presently our business model is focused on free content (accessible and re-usable by whoever is interested) subsidized by advertising. Thanks to the huge amount of monthly unique visitors (1.5 million in December 2011) we are sure that advertising alone can be enough for our sustainability.”
OurPlanetTV is a non-profit alternative media organization that develops its own documentary and interview shows, and uploads them onto the internet. Although the group reports on a variety of social issues, its main focus is reporting on everyday life issues. Using community groups, movements, and labor organizations as their information sources, OurPlanetTV documents things happening in local areas and communities, mainly through videos.
CB News is a news website offering information about medical and nursing-care, and was originally set up as a service to subscribers of Career Brain, an employment agency for medical and nursing-care professionals.
Other than news related to medical and nursing-care, the website also posts about news that is highly relevant to medical and nursing-care professionals on a range of topics from politics, social security, pharmaceuticals, medical accidents, conferences, and symposiums.
While the website is limited to medicine, it is popular with those specializing in specific fields of journalism.
Videonews.com is Japan’s first internet news television specializing in news, and was set up by Japan’s pioneering video journalist, Tetsuo Jimbo. Mr. Jimbo saw the need for a truly independent news television station that did not rely on advertising revenue.
The main program available on Video News is “Maru-geki Talk On Demand” and “News Commentary”, both anchored by Mr. Jimbo and sociologist Shinji Miyadai. Past guests have included such big names as Japan’s prime minister and cabinet members. Staff meetings are held to decide on what topics to investigate, but the lineup can be changed in the event a major news story comes up. In March 2011, a camera team was sent in to report on the devastation of the Japan Earthquake for a special report.