This announcement is pretty astounding.
Today the Associated Press
(AP) and NowPublic
announced that they have agreed to a deal that will bring NowPublic's
citizen content into AP's news gathering network. According to the
press release, the two companies will work together to explore ways of
involving NowPublic's on-the-ground network of news contributors with
AP's breaking news coverage – increasing the worlds access to news as
To put this into perspective, on any given day, more than half the
world's population sees news from AP – so this is an unparalleled
distribution opportunity for citizen created content
and contributors to NowPublic.
NowPublic has been a leader in the citizen journalism revolution. For a cornerstone of the mainstream media to open its gates to citizen journalists is revolutionary for them (if rather late from the perspective of those of us on the outside of those gates). Good on the AP!