On Friday, owners of the Dutch citizen photojournalism website, Skoeps, announced the site will be shutting down after less than two years of existence, after having failed to find a viable business model.
This news comes although Skoeps had seemingly fared successfully, as was described in an interview with them last September. The Dutch site collected pictures and videos from users, which it sold to media outlets. Revenues were shared with contributors.
In March, Skoeps had announced plans to introduce a pay-per-view system for users in order to better compensate its users.
For some, the shuttering of Skoeps actually came as good news.
"Luckily nobody was killed," says new media expert Jonathan Marks. "I am glad Skoeps has gone because it encouraged members of the public to take risks - some of which were unacceptable in my view - like trying to get close to fires or incidents when health and safety were at risk."
Skoeps was also a partner in the Voices of Africa project, which equips journalists in select African countries with mobile gadgets and technology in order to produce mobile journalism. It appears Skoeps' closure won't affect the project though.
After the widespread emergence of citizen journalism platforms in recent years, many of these ventures have been struggling to find viable business models. Is citizen journalism here to stay or not, and in what form?