Use: Engage the community to provide photos for stories or events; increase engagement for advertisers with customers and prospects
Scoopshot is a “crowdsourced” photography platform that connects photographers (amateur and professional) with media companies. Publishers can create a “task” on Scoopshot and ask Scoopshot users to submit photos related to that task. For example, if a newspaper wanted photographs from a July 4th parade, they can create that task on Scoopshot and hope that local photographers respond (publishers can identify how many potential Scoopshot photographers reside in a particular location).
All photos cost $5 (of which the photographer gets half) and can be bought by anyone (not just the task creator). Publishers can create tasks for free but pay extra for things like mobile app alerts, including a logo or a task banner and extending the timeframe for the task.
Publishers benefit by getting access to photos of events they may not be able to cover (but our valued by the community) and creating deeper relationships with community members. They could also use the service to increase engagement for advertisers, for example asking Scoopshot members to submit photographs of dresses they covet from Macy’s or their meals from Olive Garden that could be included in advertiser ads.
Update 7/30/13: Journalism.co.uk: New user-generated video app to launch
Update 7/25/13: Journalism.co.uk: Journalist launches PicFair as image licence marketplace
Update 7/22/13: VentureBeat: CrowdMedia sells everyone’s newsworthy Twitter pics — and could just change journalism forever
The Next Web: Scoopshot scoops $1.2m from top-selling stock photographer, and opens its crowdsourced image site to all
Gigaom: Taking stock: EyeEm and Scoopshot attack stock photo industry from different angles
Poynter: New Guardian, Scoopshot efforts bring elements of automation to photo verification