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7th July 2005 saw four bombs going off in London. It was one of the worst terror attacks on English soil.

A year later, an anonymous Londoner received a citizen journalist award for his timely click of the aftermath. Broadcasters like the BBC featured his photo. The photo wasn’t a professional snap by media standards but Vicky Taylor, BBC News Interactivity editor and one of the judges in the prize jury said,

I went with the pictures which were taken by people almost by chance. They did not set out to photograph an event, it just happened in front of them.

This the golden age of citizen journalism.

Citizen journalism 7 Citizen Journalism Websites For Crowdsourced News 7 Citizen Journalism Websites For Crowdsourced News Read More is a Web event. Blogs, podcasts, streaming videos…have given the average Joe an ability to broadcast sans boundaries. News outlets know this. They also know they cannot be everywhere. That is why most well-known names in print and television actively call out for news tips, photos and videos.

Juice up your cell. If news is breaking, be on the scene. Here are seven television news outlets waiting to accept your newsworthy pictures and videos.

BBC

Submit here: In Pictures

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BBC - Submit Photos & Videos

Even as I write this, you can be sure that someone is pitching a photo to The British Broadcasting Corporation. Getting your photos and videos accepted by BBC could be the acme of your fledgling photojournalism career. Your news, your pictures. You do not have to pitch…just email it to them. BBC accepts photos and videos from anywhere in the world. You can even submit a series of photos as a photo essay. After rigorous combing, the selected pictures are published every Friday.

BBC explains what they are looking for —

Like any other media agency, BBC is interested in your  visual interpretation of both local and global issues as well as great pictures from your daily life.

CNN

Submit here: CNN iReport

CNN - Submit Photos & Videos

CNN was probably the first on the crowdsourced news scene. CNN iReport is one of the best and well-defined outlets for sharing your newsworthy pictures and videos. The innovative media outlet gives you a “toolkit” to help bring the issues you are interested in to the forefront. Editors vet the stories and the best ones go on the CNN with a “CNN iReport” stamp. If you see one of your stories make the cut, it could be a newsworthy moment personally!

Sky News

Submit here: How To Send Us Your Video and Pictures

Sky News - Submit Photos & Videos

Sky News is one of the most watched media channels in the U.K. The 24-hour channel also provides international services through Sky News International. An online news portal and mobile apps are the other digital fronts. The Contact Us page on the website is the easiest way to send any newsworthy pictures and videos to the broadcaster. You can use email or directly send in your photos and videos from your mobile.

Sky News says…

By sending us your video footage/photographs /audio you agree we can broadcast, publish and edit the material and pass it onto others for similar use in any media worldwide, without any payment being due to you. Please do not submit your contribution unless you accept this.

Fox News

Submit here: uReport

Fox News - Submit photos & videos

Interested in going for a featured assignment? Fox News is focused on America, and if you are from the U.S. it is probably on your news watch list 7 Websites To Watch The News Online 7 Websites To Watch The News Online Read More . With uReport, you get to go on freelance assignments for the news channel and upload your contributions to the site. You can take pictures or capture video footage to complete your assignment. The channel may be America-centric but “uReports” can be submitted from anywhere in the world. The best uReports make make the cut on FoxNews.com.

Al Jazeera

Submit here: Sharek

Al Jazeera - Submit photos & videos

The Quatari media organization is now known worldwide for its breaking news coverage. Remember the Iraq War and the Arab Spring? Now, it has global networks under its umbrella and broadcasts to more than 260 million households in more than 100 countries. The easiest way to submit photos and videos to the network seems to be through their Tumblr blog and an Android app. You can also submit photos and videos through email. Al-Jazeera also launched Sharek, an Arabic crowdsourced video portal.

NBC

Submit here: First Person

NBC -  Submit photos & videos

The crowdsourced page is aptly named – First Person. NBC.com asks for your photos around different subjects, but you can choose to send them any click and wait for their nod. If the photo is on a topical theme around the news of the day, then the channel just might pick it up for NBC News and MSNBC-TV programs. There are also special reports by citizen journalists, and as a reader you can vote for your favorite reader-submitted photos and video.

The Weather Channel

Submit here: Upload your amazing photos and videos now

Weather Channel - Submit photos & videos

Why do photos and videos have to be about dramatic events? They can be about mundane events like the weather. The Weather Channel is an American cable and satellite TV channel. And it is asking for your amazing weather photos and videos. Send them in from around the world. You can take inspiration from the many uploaded here and go on a photographic excursion around your town.

Note: Every site has its own submission guidelines. Commonly, it involves granting the news outlets royalty-free, exclusive license to publish your photos. Do remember to read the fine print.

The Value In Pictures & Videos

News organizations have stringers in every major city. But even they cannot cover everything. As we see so many times, it is the person in the moment who makes a difference. There pictures do tell a thousand words. News outlets love news…but maybe, not so much to pay for it. Nothing though is stopping you for negotiating for a slice of the pie if your photo catches history “breaking news” in the frame. It has been known to happen.

Sending your best photos isn’t only about news. It is also about crowdsourcing data for the greater good. It can start a public outcry and spark investigative reporting. You can use it as a powerful voice to address local issues. You never know. If you want to be a conscientious citizen journalist Top 5 Online Resources for the Citizen Journalist Top 5 Online Resources for the Citizen Journalist Read More , try your hand with the resources offered by these news outlets. They are not the only ones…you can be sure that it could be closer to home. Even your local broadcaster will gladly take your photos and videos.

Tell us about any other television broadcaster that’s missing from the list. Have you sent in any submissions and had them featured?

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  1. Saikat B
    March 28, 2014 at 7:33 am

    You don't have to be a journalist to sense the wind. It's not only about photojournalists. Journalism jobs in general have been affected due to the rise of new media. So, have many other jobs, like writers. A blogging job pays much more than a press writer's. The Internet came much later, it was television which sounded the first death knell. We are into instant gratification. How many people go to a newstand to buy a magazine anymore? Tomorrow, blogging could be dead with the rise of vblogging . Who knows!

    The old model is dead. But new models are rising and will rise in their place. Good or bad, that is another debate.

  2. Terry Murray
    March 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

    You know nothing about journalism or the news media or publishing landscape. Entire photography departments at major daily newspapers (Chicago Sun-Times, for example - a bloody tabloid!) have been cut. Anyone who works for free is not serious about his/her work. Probably just took a lucky grab shot. "Responsible" citizen journalism - I'll retire to Bedlam...

  3. Terry Murray
    March 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    This practice has led to the demise of photojournalism - news photography by photographers with news sense, photographic skill (depth of field, anyone? interesting angles? etc.), understanding of legal issues. The continuing amateurization of what used to be professions. Would you accep the work of a acitizen-dentist or citizen-surgeon because it's free?

    • Saikat B
      March 28, 2014 at 4:59 am

      Well, hasn't the news landscape changed itself? Just like Instagram and smartphone photography haven't killed photography, photojournalism also hasn't been knocked off its perch by citizen journalism. It has just added another voice. For photojournalism to happen, a photojournalist needs to be at the precise spot where news is being made. This is the blindspot which amateurs can cover.

      Photojournalists couldn't cover the entire Boston marathon when the bombings took place. It showed the value and risks of citizen journalism. Just like anything else, "responsible" citizen journalism is the need of the hour and not just sensationalism. And I think it should move beyond crisis reporting.

      Also, with social media the traditional routes of publishing something no longer matter to that extent. So, citizen journalism is here to stay. Let us only hope it is used for good rather than a rush to grab the next scoop.

  4. Matthew H
    March 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Saikat, your articles are awesome. Just saying.

    If I had newsworthy footage, I'd send it to Al Jazeera before any I would any of the others. It's possibly the best network news provider around right now.

    • Saikat B
      March 28, 2014 at 4:13 am

      They have been praised for their dissenting views, an achievement when you consider the part of the world they come from. I think it was also voted as among the fifth most influential global brand once behind the likes of Apple and Google, Ikea and Starbucks!

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