ECP a.k.a. ShamanicShift (ecp_writes) wrote,
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I was tempted to sign up at Allvoices

I read about AllVoices, an "open-media news site where anyone can report from anywhere," on Gigaom's blog. Then I searched out a Forbes article with more information.

Other reviews I noticed seemed out of date, though they were written last year. The site must make frequent changes.

Writer's Weekly ezine denounced AllVoices in September of 2009 along with all "content-hungry" sites that pay "pennies (or less) per click for a writer's blood, sweat and tears." In a similar vein (in an earlier article) WW summed up an informal survey of Examiner.com "examiners" who had emailed in their experiences and earnings.

job listing by Allvoices on JournalismJobs.com started me wondering if Allvoices is hiring some journalists separately, perhaps under better terms, besides campaigning for more contributors.

But after reading the Forbes and Gigaom articles I concluded that all payment for writing is through one incentive program that is based upon page-views, participation and reputation. There is also a syndication program for selling images and videos of breaking news, either on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis.

The Allvoices incentive program has three tiers that pay from $2 to $4 per 1000 page views. Rank is determined month by month by an overall score based upon several other scores. It is algorithm-driven, crowd-sourced and complicated.

I have, so far, resisted the urge to sign on. But that is because I have enough writing (and related work) to do for now, locally and online.
Tags: allvoices, citizen journalism
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