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App Spotlight: Citizenside

Ever think to yourself while leafing through a magazine “hey I’ve taken photos like that before, why can’t I be getting paid for this?” That’s actually a very good question. More and more news programs are using pictures taken by the public. Even governments are looking for your help, the Vancouver riots as a prime example. Now, there are many apps out there that share your pictures and stories, but some of them are more special than others. This is one of them and it is named Citizenside.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

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Citizenside lets we the people become the journalists. Say while someone is walking down the street and they witness a news worthy event. They can take a picture and post about it. They can put their spin on what happened. After all, they were actually there and a candid shot in the middle of it all is much more catching than something taken after the fact.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

Something else worthy of noting is that the pictures people take can and may be used elsewhere. However, there are some guidelines. It needs to be a good shot, and it needs to be something that is breaking news. If this happens, and Citizenside licenses the image to be used, the photographer will be paid for their efforts. Makes you think about all those times you decided not take a picture doesn’t it? The downside is you aren’t paid that much and will only receive payment every few months, so don’t expect to be covering your expenses with this app.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

Apps like this makes the public feel included in the world around them. It makes them feel like they matter in the grand scheme of things instead of just another person on the sidelines watching and waiting. Therefore, the next time you find yourself in the position to take a picture worthy of the six o’clock news go for it. You never know, it may be the one picture everyone remembers when they think back to that time.

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