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Fresco News today launched a major update to its iOS app, introducing a new look and bringing tools to let Fresco News users become paid reporters and photojournalists, uploading photos and videos from newsworthy events around the world.

Any Fresco user can upload photos and videos that can be commissioned by news organizations worldwide. With the Fresco Newsroom Tool Suite, news stations can create location-based assignments as soon as an event happens, which sends an alert to Fresco News users who can go and capture photos and videos. Content is vetted by the Fresco content team, with content owners receiving credit and payment for their work.

"We want to make reporting in the media more transparent, and we think creating a way for viewers to experience news through the eyes of regular, everyday people is the best way to do that," said John Meyer, CEO and founder. "For newsrooms, we've effectively created a way for them to get visual coverage of anything in 30 minutes or less using the incredible smartphone cameras in our pockets."
Using content gathered from Fresco participants, the Fresco News app is able to deliver news through the eyes of ordinary people around the world, providing a raw look at current events that are happening around the globe. A "Highlights" tab within the app offers up a list of the most recent user-reported stories, while the "Stories" tab shows a selection of images from trending global events.

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A camera is front and center within the app, so all users can capture photos and videos should they encounter anything newsworthy. An "Assignments" tab houses all of the content requests created by news sites, which is where a Fresco user can go to receive assignments to capture photos and videos at nearby events.

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Fresco News also has an accompanying Apple Watch app that lets users get a quick look at breaking news headlines, with Handoff to the iPhone available for reading a story in-depth.

Fresco's aim with the news Fresco News app is to cover a wider range of events happening worldwide. "We can shine a light on every relevant news event that should be read about and heard about," said Fresco News CEO John Meyer.

Fresco News can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Fresco News App Receives Major Update With Tools to Let Users Become Paid Photojournalists
 

OldSchoolMacGuy

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Far better off working directly with those news companies. The cut Fresco will take makes it hardly worth the efforts and the competition won't be as difficult.
 

Derekuda

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Ugh, that sounds like an absolutely horrible idea. No one should be able to report news unless they go through a class that teaches how to not be bias/interject your stupid opinions in a news story. Take one look at the comment section of any news article on any news site and you'll see the masses complaining and yelling at each other about what they think is right or wrong. (this site included)
 

FactVsOpinion

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Ugh, that sounds like an absolutely horrible idea. No one should be able to report news unless they go through a class that teaches how to not be bias/interject your stupid opinions in a news story. Take one look at the comment section of any news article on any news site and you'll see the masses complaining and yelling at each other about what they think is right or wrong. (this site included)

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finnns2000

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Not sure why but this app gives me a bad feeling about current events going forward. Money will drive some of these "photojournalists" to do immoral things/cross the line. Just look at that cameralady who was tripping refugees in Hungary
 

nick42983

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Ugh, that sounds like an absolutely horrible idea. No one should be able to report news unless they go through a class that teaches how to not be bias/interject your stupid opinions in a news story. Take one look at the comment section of any news article on any news site and you'll see the masses complaining and yelling at each other about what they think is right or wrong. (this site included)

The one journalism class I took in college was perhaps the most biased course I ever took. Thank God they still allow comments on news articles, I usually just jump to the comments to get some unfiltered opinions, instead of propaganda op-eds masquerading as "journalism". The "migrant crisis" is a prime example of a one-sided media narrative distorting the entire situation. Fresco sounds like another way for people to inject themselves into current affairs and affect events instead of reporting on them objectively. The poor kid who drowned because his father forced them onto a boat is a more specific example of this distortion. The family was not fleeing anything, they had been safely living in Turkey for years. The father should be arrested for manslaughter. Too late to undo the damage done by that photo. Whether a citizen photojournalist or a professional, the images will be distorted to suit the "progressive" narrative of the Mass Media.
 
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