Dijonscope is a regional online news site with a strong identity for independent journalism. It is the first online daily regional to be officially recognised as a press organisation under French authorities. The mission statement representing the work of the journalists on the site is impassioned: Inform, investigate, and criticize.
The team of Dijon-based journalists focus on quality rather than quantity, with editorial decisions being more about cutting-edge investigative or informative reporting than following the day-to-day highlights from institutes – formerly the fodder of regional printed press. Their value for readers is in creating ‘ a rigorous and independent range of information, drawn and filtered by journalists and correspondents whose intellectual integrity is uncompromising’.
“Rue89 was launched in 2007 by five professional journalists, some of them previously involved with the leftist newspaper Liberation. From the very beginning, the website stood out for its unique approach to digital journalism, clearly stated in its initial slogan: “Information with three voices: journalists, experts and you!” The term “”Rue”" (street) symbolizes the opening of a new way, while the number 89 recalls three symbolic events in history: the French Revolution (1789), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the invention of the Web (1989).
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“Mediapart** is an online newspaper launched in 2008 by Edwy Plenel, former executive editor of Le Monde. Its intent is to provide independent journalism with a strong emphasis on investigative stories along with scoops on politics and economics. Since the launch Mediapart stressed the need of creating an alternative to the “”dangerous liaisons”" which – according to its founders – exist in France among the political, economic and media worlds. Often very critical of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Mediapart became internationally popular in 2009, when the website published the first secret tape recordings that stirred up the Bettencourt-Woerth scandal. The case created a political earthquake in France.
AgoraVox was one of the first European citizen journalism sites. Created in 2005 from an idea by Carlo Revelli and Joël de Rosnay resembling the successful South-Korean OhMyNews website, AgoraVox relies almost exclusively on users generated content. The main aim of AgoraVox is to promote the freedom of expression and information, especially on issues not so much covered by mainstream media.
This French Life provides many interesting nuggets of information and is of service to people who are keen to move to France, or those already living there. There are articles about setting-up a wide variety of necessary services, from banking to the internet, as well as some of the more enjoyable things about life. It also features interviews with people from the area, those that have lived here all their lives and those that have moved to start a fresh in France.
The site is organised by categories and from the front page of the site you will be able to read the latest articles and news. It is written by journalist Craig McGinty.
“Citizenside’s goal is to create the largest online community of amateur and independent reporters where everyone can share their vision of the news by uploading photos and videos. It was launched in France in 2006 and has 70,000 members in 150 countries.
It works as a press wire of images and video with citizen journalists able to earn a 65% revenue share of content sold in the same country as the upload; 50% if content is sold in a different country. It is made up of a 15-strong team of business development, editorial and technical staff, now registered as a limited company with Agence France Press and IAM as shareholders.
The inspiration for the site came after the London Tube bombings when iconic images from witnesses such as Adam Stacey made the rounds on the international press after being posted to Wikinews and Moblog.co.uk ”