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'Big Brother' creator to pay citizen journalists

ITV1 highlights importance of photo bloggers

Endemol UK is working with a photo blogging site to find images for a TV programme marking the rise of the citizen journalist.

The company behind reality show Big Brother is putting together content for ITV1’s “I was there: the people’s review of 2006” programme, which is due for broadcast either later this year or early in 2007.

Blogging site Fotothing has been enlisted to find suitable shots, which could be anything from photos from the World Cup, or videos from the recent coup in Thailand, it said.

To send in your snaps, register for free on Fotothing and then select the edit/upload option from the left-hand menu to add pictures to the site. These photos should be tagged “ITV”. Endemol said it would pay for any photos used.

So-called citizen journalists have had a big impact on the mainstream media in recent years, with growing numbers of Brits capturing content with mobile cameras, often integrated into cell phones. However, most are not paid for their work

Endemol is expected to pay those whose content is selected for the show on a sliding scale, based on the quality of the content.


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