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Wireless Citizen Journalists

British telco 3 lets citizen journalists get paid for photos and videos they snap with their phones. I wouldn't be surprised if this proves to be a highly profitable service for 3.
Olga Kharif

British wireless service provider 3 just launched a new service called "24 Hours." The idea: Cell phone users can submit photos and videos they shot with their phone. Each submission costs a bit less than $1.

Each time your piece of content is downloaded by someone using "24 Hours," you will get a few cents. So if you'd snapped a really hot celebrity photo, you could actually earn some money by selling it through that service.

Clearly, citizen journalism is expanding beyond online blogs and into wireless as well as TV (www.currentv.com uses content created by viewers). And now it looks like there might be a viable business model behind citizen journalism, too.

I am not sure people will make lots of money selling their content. More likely, telcos like 3 will make money off of charging for content submissions.

Cool idea, no doubt about it.

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