NowPublic was a crowd-sourced citizen journalism site based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded by Michael Tippett, Leonard Brody and Michael E. Meyers in 2005.
In addition to its contributors, NowPublic also had a content-sharing agreement with the Associated Press. The crowd-sourced site was so successful that Time Magazine called NowPublic one of the 50 Best Websites of 2007
Mainstream media types may gripe about the absence of safeguards
ensuring the validity of news reported by the blogosphere, but nowhere
are the merits of citizen journalism more apparent than at NowPublic. At
this “participatory news network,” a.k.a. bastion of “crowd-powered
media,” anyone can write a story, or upload images, audio or video.
Whatever gets the most votes from the reading masses—the site gets about
1 million unique visitors per month—ends up as the lead story.
(NowPublic has “guest editors,” “wranglers” and an “actual news guy” who
keep an eye on things, giving advice to contributing reporters and
shepherding the best, most timely stuff through, but nobody on staff
makes actual editing changes to the content.) Read More: Politisite