The News is NowPublicI received an email on my Flickr account today from Lisa Murch, the Manager of Contributor Relations at NowPublic.com.
She asked me if I wouldn't mind sharing by submitting my photos relating to the article about the recent snow the Western Cape had experienced (as well the sleet in Johannesburg - yay!). The article can be found here if you're interested in reading it. I submitted my photos from my Flickr account and all I had to do was complete quick and easy registration that literally took like 2 minutes! - I love easy registrations!
The site is a non-commercial, public news service that uses stories and footage from non-news sources - as Lisa describes it.
Essentially the site is trying to get ordinary people to write about the news and things that are important to them but without all the propaganda or over-exaggeration that a journalist might throw in because the juicier they make it the more copies they might sell. So essentially we're getting honest (perhaps not necessarily accurate) reports and views about what's happening in the news around the globe.
I also think that this makes a great way for anyone looking to become a journalist to get some "practice" writing articles for a news site.
The site is also very big on intellectual property and allowing you to keep ownership of your submissions:
"Our system automatically embeds credits, contact information, and licensing agreements in your photos and videos so that anywhere the photo goes, your information follows. This means that if someone posts your image on their blog, anyone who sees it will be able to find you.
Not only that, you can dynamically update this information at any time, even on copies in outside circulation."
So change the news. Find a story. Add something to it. Make the news better. The news is NowPublic.