I’m afraid we have to have “The Talk.” Yes, we’ve been through a lot together, the dreaming, the planning, the late nights. But sometimes in a relationship you have to ask, “Is this still working?”
And right now, the answer is no.
It’s not you, it’s me.
I need more than you’re able to give me right now. I know you’re young and have things to work out, and I support you in all of your disruptive dreams — but right now — I think we need to take a break.
I need to move on. But know this: you’ll always be with me. I’m going to put you and our relationship on hold right now. I promise you that “out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind.”
One of our core beliefs at CrowdNews is that journalists should have the freedom to define the life of a story without it being time-boxed,24-hour-news-cycled, or truncated.
We think journalists, to explore and accurately report on our world, must be given the opportunity to tell a story in its fullest.
CrowdNews introduces the Newstream. Newstreams give our member journalists the freedom to define the life of a story.
A Newstream consists of components of information and content that comprise a story, presented over time.
We call each component of a Newstream a Dispatch. A Dispatch can be a text article, a video clip, a map, an audio file, or other media.
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I don't know. And I don't think it's something we should define.
I like to think about our users, both audience and journalist, in terms of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Twiiter didn't ask "what topics should our users tweet about?" but rather they said, "Here are a set of tools to communicate. Go for it!" And people have gone for it.
And yes, those services are free to the user. Indeed, that flood of information is free and it should be free: the vast majority of it is throw-away material. You get what you pay for.
Traditional media had a lock on the distribution of news. They decided what "news was fit to print." In the digital age, that lock on news distribution is gone. Now the audience can determine what news should be "printed" because on CrowdNews, they can buy it directly from the journalist. We are disintermediating the news industry.
So, our job at CrowdNews isn't to define the topics of news, but rather to build the tools and marketplace that journalists can use to report, find, and sell their work directly to their audience.