10 Feb 2009

Get Paid Being a Citizen Journalist at Digital Journal

First up, the fun stuff anyone can do: Every member of DigitalJournal.com (Citizens and Citizen Journalists) can post blogs, upload photos, join Groups, comment and vote on articles and photos, and subscribe to news and alerts. These actions can be done by anyone.

However, we also offer everyone the chance to get paid to report news as a Citizen Journalist. At this time, we’re only offering payment for news articles written by Citizen Journalists so the blogs, images, Groups and other activities are meant to build community (they’re unpaid).

In a totally unique revenue-sharing initiative, DigitalJournal.com is the first online community where Citizen Journalists actually get paid for contributing. Unlike most websites where bloggers post for free (and the company takes in all the ad revenue), DigitalJournal.com shares a portion of its advertising revenue with all Citizen Journalists through what we call our “moneypot.” With an always-growing cash pool, every single Citizen Journalist gets a chance to compete for a share of the moneypot. The more you contribute, the more you earn. Scores are determined based on how many articles you contribute and how high they rank.

At the beginning of the month, all accounts that exceed $10 will receive an email notification on how to collect payment via PayPal (if you do not have a PayPal account, you will be sent a prompt to create one). All earnings are in U.S. dollars.

In order to become a paid Citizen Journalist, you must submit a sample of writing. Create an account on the site then click the “Post News” link in the top orange bar and you will be prompted to submit a short bio and sample of writing. Note: You’ll only have to do this once – as soon as you are approved you can post news as often as you like.

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