Citizenside, a Paris-based citizen photojournalism agency, has launched an Android application that allows its members to upload images to its site directly from the scene of the action.
Citizenside invites its amateur photographer members to send in any images they think are newsworthy and the pictures and videos are made available for sale to mainstream media outlets once they have passed a reliability check. The company is part-owned by Agence France-Presse, and Citizenside's amateur photos are included in AFP's image forum.
Matthieu Stefani, co-founder of Citizenside, commented in a press release that "the introduction of our Android application will allow for members' uploading of breaking-news images directly from the scene, making our contributors' uploads even more valuable to our clients in the media." Citizenside already has both English and French language iPhone applications but Stefani said that the company decided to add an Android app "because we are confident in the operating system and its amazing geo-location capabilities." Geo-location is clearly an important feature in establishing the authenticity of amateur content.
In June Citizenside announced its partnership with French free daily 20minutes to launch a citizen journalism portal on the paper's website, something it already did with Voici, a gossip magazine. The publications can now manage and use images from their communities of readers.
Source: Citzenside press release