The Associated Press is the latest news organization to forge a partnership with citizen contributors, the growing army of camera-phone-armed punters who take pride in capturing news missed or overlooked by the pros reports PhotoDistrictNews.
On Friday AP announced a deal with the Canadian-based Web site NowPublic.com, which describes itself as a “crowd-sourced, participatory news network” with 60,000 contributors.
Both parties say the relationship is in an early phase and will evolve over time. The AP says its will tap NowPublic contributors for photos and information in breaking news situations. The news agency also says its bureaus will work with selected NowPublic communities on ways to enhance regional news coverage.