Global Reporter adds video to Citizen Journalism mix

by Rob Lewis | Startups

To date Vancouver has been the Canadian capital of citizen journalism with and NowPublic calling the West Coast home. But now there's an upstart from the prairies that wants to change that and according to their research, there's plenty to room.

According to Statistics Canada’s most recent Canadian Internet Use Survey, a full 20 percent of Canadians say they were involved in posting images, writing blogs or participating in online discussion groups using their home Internet connections. While many may not realize it, they are helping contribute to the growing phenomenon of citizen journalism – an all-inclusive form of journalism where anyone with an Internet connection can help disseminate news and information. In a sense, they are helping document history in a new and innovative way.

Winnipeg's Global Reporter wants to take the citizen journalism trend one step further by allowing users to upload video news reports. Unlike other video-sharing sites, Global Reporter will be strictly for news networking with each video report open for discussion.

NowPublic was able to completely erase Orato's six year headstart by being creative in their adoption of new users (some would call it user trolling). So, that begs the question - is Global Reporter considering an appeal to YouTube's most active news videographers a potential user acquistion strategy?

Global Reporter
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Launched in October 2008, Global Reporter is an interactive Social Networking site Where YOU Report and comment on current events. Global Reporter's goal is to bring users from around the world together so they can easily express their ideas on global and local issues by sharing original videos, photos and text reports. Please sign up today and share your voice on Features... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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