CrowdMedia sells everyone’s newsworthy Twitter pics — and could just change journalism forever

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Our vision is automated event detection technology that detect levels of noise everywhere, analyzes relevancy of photos automatically, get the rights from photographers, and then sends them to the right media where they are most relevant, all automated without any human touch

via VentureBeat.

There Are 11 Comments On This Article.

  1. I’d be more interested in this venture if the authors were actually literate. Two subject-verb disagreements in the mammoth single-sentence vision statement convinces me that yes, they have succeeded in eliminating the human touch from their process.

    The bots are everywhere, and they appear to be winning.

  2. “All automated without any human touch”… Finally! Automated photography that eliminate that pesky “human touch”. Hello Chicago Sun-Times have we got a deal for you!

  3. scott Rex Ely

    What will they do if the Air Force decides to pull the plug on accessible GPS info?

  4. ..of course we’re all in need of less human touch and greater levels of noise.. the photo world needs more of this bulldust ?

  5. Gabe Wolf

    This is very, very wrong! I agree with Brian, “welcome to the suck.”

  6. “Media organizations pay a flat $20 for non-exclusive rights to new photos, with the original photographers getting 50 percent of the proceeds, and CrowdMedia taking 50 percent. Older photos that are less newsworthy sell for $5 each.”

    Not very long ago, the reprints rights for a single image were about $35, and no middle man cut.

    These people seem determined to eliminate actual, working photographers completely. Perhaps they should just tap into public security CCTV systems and be done with it.

  7. I’m not that worried yet. I’m wondering how the AP etc.. will respond. As a working photojournalist, I think our future resides in series’. Instagram might overpower spot news photogs, I mean that’s already happening with social media like Twitter etc.., so there’s no surprise there.
    I’m working with a Baltimore paper who wanted old school photojournalism instead of on the cheap iphone shots. For the more intimate assignments the pros will always come out on top.
    That being said, I’m the only photographer in Bmore shooting a series on the violence problem. A few years ago there would have been a bunch of newspaper photogs on it. Sadly, those days are gone. Time to adapt.

  8. interesting

    Think about how groups of friends can start to make some high level noise and create newsworthy events by clicking tons of images on cocktail parties …