Leading media houses in Europe are using the Reporter Kit right now.
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Launched in January 2012, Archant’s iwitness24 platform has already seen enormous success in engaging local readers to report issues important to them.
Members’ amazing photos are regularly printed in many of the regional publishers’ local titles, and strong links have been forged between Archant’s main websites and the iwitness24 community.
See how community content is used on this section page on Gardening from the website of the Eastern Daily Press, the UK’s biggest-selling regional morning newspaper.
Le Monde, one of France’s most respected daily newspapers, celebrated its 68th anniversary in June 2012 with a competition aimed to rejuvenate and diversify its reporting. Monde Académie runs on a light version of Citizenside’s Reporter Kit platform, and will be open for applications from aspiring journalists between ages 18 – 25.
Aralynn McMane, executive director of young readership development at WAN-IFRA, described the initiative as “a very creative and long-overdue move”.
In 2009, Metro International, the most read newspaper in the world, launched its news community in France under the brand Metro Reporter.
Metro France has agreed to purchase and publish contributions from their Metro Reporters on a regular basis, making it the first international news publication that regularly pays its audience to contribute content. MetroReporter also benefits from a highly effective media campaign totaling approximately €500,000 for print, online, and radio publicity.
France’s most read daily paid newspaper launched its Reporter Kit powered community site, YOU, in November of 2009.
By tailoring the site exactly to its needs, Citizenside helped Le Parisien grow an active community online, where readers have one single profile with which to comment, vote, and share all content on any Le Parisien site. Le Parisien also uses a custom designed automatic moderation module to post reader contributions as soon as they’re uploaded.
RTL, the most listened-to radio station in Europe, launched its French Reporter Kit site: RTL Eyewitnesses in 2009. For the first time in France, listeners of a radio station could participate in reporting the news around them.
By using our innovative Call for Witnesses tool online and launching a call on the air, RTL’s newsroom received a flood of images from listeners effected by the freak storm Xythia. Following this great success, RTL has plans to launch a daily radio program based on its listeners contributions.
The premiere news TV network in France, BFM TV, launched its Reporter Kit site, BFM TV Eyewitnesses in 2008 with great success. Citizenside helped BFM TV to transform its audience into an active network of reporters, and through a clear site design and effective publicity, BFM TV now receives more video content than any of our other partners. The eagerness of their spectators to be a part of BFM TV made the Reporter Kit a perfect solution for the network.