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MySpace and Fox News Join Hands to Support Citizen Journalism

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on April 21, 2009

myspace-fox-newsWith citizen journalism becoming a popular activity over Web (thanks to social media), MySpace invited its users to be a part of the activity by becoming volunteer ‘uReporters’. All that the users would need to do is supply news, images or videos that can be used at MySpace and Fox News Channel, a subsidiary of News Corp.

MySpace, which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., launched this feature in collaboration with Fox News to showcase journalism generated and contributed by common people. Citizen journalism works on the principle of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information by average citizens.

While the ‘uReport’ concept is new at MySpace, same is not the case with Fox News. The latter launched its ‘uReport’ program a couple of years back on similar lines of MSNBC (First Person) and CNN (iReport). The similarity between these programs is that all encourage average users to share photographs and videos of various events happening around the world. In fact, user-contributed content was used several times on-air during Fox News broadcasts.

Teaming up with MySpace presents an extraordinary opportunity for Fox News to expand its network of citizen journalists, according to Roger Ailes, CEO at Fox News. Users are allowed to upload videos and photos to uReport (but not written stories), which can be used by Fox News at its news channel or at its site.

Supporting the synergy with Fox News, MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe said that the move reinforces what MySpace is all about, providing users the ability to share, explore, connect and consume.

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