At noon in Buenos Aires, a Citizen Journalist taps notes into his phone as the protest swirls around him. Holding it up to the masked protesters he takes the image. Pressing one more button, the story is available on a respected news portal, worldwide — instantly. Written in Spanish, the message is received at the speed of the internet in Scotland, England, China and Israel, all in their own language.
This game-changing technology was developed as a platform for media-centric original content that focuses on citizen reporting. Their mission is to create a world dialogue around people reported news, where language is not a barrier, turning local news into global news.
Developed by ENN (Expose News Network), the app is the first of it’s kind which allows citizen journalists from anywhere on the globe to write a story, capture images and have it show up on an international website within seconds.
While citizen journalists have had the opportunity to have their stories go out worldwide for a decade, until now they’ve been hamstrung by the workflow.
Prior to ENN’s development of this app, a CJ would have to write the story, take the images, find somewhere with WiFi and then upload to social media. If the CJ had any hope of getting the piece to a news outlet, that would require added steps in the workflow as well as time away from the activity which could mean missing more of the breaking story.
Jerry Nelson is an American freelance photojournalist. Known internationally for his work on social justice issue, he is now based in Argentina.
This new app is the first that allows for instant posting to a respected news portal without having to go through the sometimes awkward middle step of uploading to Facebook or Twitter and then hoping someone will find it. A big plus for ENN is readers aren’t required to be a fan or follower to access the stories. Anyone with an internet connection can see the latest news the instant a Citizen Journalist in the field uploads it; no requirement for the viewer to sign up as is normal for other social media.
Completely integrated with the ENN news room and Expose website, the app allows for the real time uploading of images and video along with text. The app also allows a person to get their notes directly from the field into the news room online where they can then be worked into a complete story.
Available for SmartPhones and tablets, the app is available free on iTunes. The app, which is currently available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, is optimized for iPhone 5.
￼Exposé News is a unique online media outlet. Giving citizen journalists the chance to share, view and comment on breaking and original news. The piece is uploaded in the writer’s language and then translated instantly into the reader’s language, allowing for real time news to be broadcast globally and making ENN the first true global independent news reporting website where language is no barrier!
Citizen Journalists can create their news report as it’s happening and upload from the scene of the story direct to ENN’s virtual newsroom. ENN provides a growing number of tools and tips for making it easier to post breaking news.
Each story belongs to the creator and is not edited by Expose, allowing for news to go straight from the location to the consumer without being filtered by a third party that is not on site. By going direct to newsroom from the field, ENN gets the news out faster, often beating major media outlets to the story.
To share news that’s worth telling. Exposé News, it’s the world unfiltered.