Android/iOS/Web: These days most of us have wireless devices with decent cameras and constant internet connections. This is bringing about a rise in citizen journalism that news media broker Citizenside wants to encourage by acting as a sales agent between traditional news outlets and amateur photographers and videographers.
The burning question everyone wants to know is how much Citizenside pays. The homepage states that royalties can go up to 75 per cent but user reports say the real rate is around 50-65 per cent of whatever price they command when they sell your work. When you upload a video or photo to Citizenside you agree to give them a three-month exclusive licence to sell your images, but after 48 hours if the photos/videos aren’t “hot” enough the licence lowers to non-exclusive status and your work is relegated to being sold from an image bank. At that point you can market it elsewhere. You’ll receive royalty payments via PayPal 60 days after the photos or videos are sold.
If you don’t think you’ll ever use this app keep the name in mind. If something newsworthy happens and you get footage you can download the app and immediately create a username via Facebook and upload your image. The site also serves a global news source displaying media from Citizenside contributors.