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.”
With the globalization of Japanese society, there is growing interest towards news of its neighboring countries such as China.
‘Record China’ is an online media, which provides digital contents 24 hours a day, covering news, photo, and video related to China and other Asian countries. It has been publishing news and photos in collaboration with major portal websites such as ‘Yahoo!Japan’ and ‘livedoor’, and other institutions like Nikkei Telecom and Dow Jones. With their help, Record China is able to provide contents enjoying high news ranking overseas. Moreover, in addition to the fact that it renders photo data to NHK and TBS, ‘Record China’ also deals with interviewing, shooting and editing on request of TV stations.
Main audiences include media dealing with China’s news and businessmen who see China as their marketplace. Diversified information about China are displayed in category such as current affairs, economy, society, culture and sports.
News 3.0 is a news production start-up launched in 2010 with a solid capital position (about 5 million Euro from several investors). It develops both horizontal and vertical information portals, plus web applications and other services.
Paolo Madron, founder of News 3.0 explains: “We started off with Lettera43, a product we like to call a ‘a daily magazine’, a mixture of worldwide news aggregation and in-depth news analysis – something along the lines of The Daily Beast in the USA. Then, in 2011 we launched two vertical websites – one dedicated to Economics (www.economiaweb.it), and another one to fashion (www.modainforma.it). Very soon two more portals, devoted to Travel and International Expo 2015 (which will take place in Milan, Italy), will be launched.
We are also working on information websites in English, with an integrated e-commerce platform on Italian lifestyle, targeting audiences in countries with a high GDP growth (China, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India).”
Société par actions simplifiée (similar to US LLC)
Describe your site or business in few words.
“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.
Based on an interview made on April 14, 2011 with Mr. Masaru Imai, Senior Executive Officer of the Press Net Japan Co., Ltd. that runs and operates 47NEWS news website. The interview was conducted in Japanese.
“47NEWS” is a news website, bringing together local, national and international news and information from 52 newspapers across Japan and Kyodo News, Japan’s leading news agency. Kyodo News also provides national and international news to its newspaper publisher members for their print media. The number 47 stands for the number of prefectures that make up Japan.
Operates as a full-time digital company owned by Sankei Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest national daily newspapers. The website contains content from five different news sources: General news from MSN Sankei News, sports and entertainment news from Sankei Sports, evening tabloid paper news from ZAKZAK, economics and business news from SankeiBiz, and popular news summaries from iza. Of all of these sources, iza not only reports on news, but is also made up of blogs written by journalists and experts, and allows users to backtrack their blog articles freely. This highlights the website’s interactivity.
BLOGOS is one of Japan’s most accessed websites, a blog run by portal website livedoor. The website covers news and content connected to livedoor. BLOGOS has become a blog specializing in political science, following the motto, “Japan’s first news website shaped by opinions”. The aim is to create a place where people can debate and share their opinions.
Natasha, Inc. is a privately owned web publisher, located in Shimo-kitazawa Tokyo, Japan. Company publishes web news site Natalie (http://natalie.mu/) which concentrates on domestic entertainment news content – music, comics, comedies etc.
Describe your site or business in few words.
Natalie is a pop culture news website operated by web publisher Natasha, and covers stories about things such as Japanese music, manga, and standup comedy. News released by Natalie comes from record companies and music agencies for music news, publishers and manga writers for manga news, and talent agencies and TV stations for stand-up comedy news.
Hellapoliisi Ltd. is a privately owned company, located in Helsinki, Finland. Hellapoliisi.fi is a website which concentrates on food – it publishes recipes and articles of novelty items. Company offers recipes and food photography to order. The owner, Kati Jaakonen, does also recipe books and food related games that are published by Readme.fi Oy and Nelostuote Oy Tactic Games.
The Hellapoliisi (can be translated as Stove police) blogsite started as a hobby. Kati Jaakonen, a cook by profession, founded a food blog around 2006 – 2007 in order to offer photos of her pastry and recipes for people interested in food and cooking. The site became popular very rapidly by offering good recipes for free. The content of the site is still free for visitors. The revenue comes from recipes and food photos that Kati sells to food companies. She also publishes books containing recipes.
“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 ”