Will People Pay CNN To Help Them Report The News?

from the shouldn't-that-work-in-the-other-direction? dept

I've been seeing good reviews for CNN's new iPhone app, that's apparently well-designed. Lots of people are pointing out that the app is being offered for $2, as they wonder if people will "pay for the news." Except, of course, anyone with an iPhone can access cnn.com for free via their browser. So, if they're paying for anything, it must be additional features or convenience that the app allows -- not the content itself. And, for all the good reviews of the app, there's one "feature" being promoted that I'm not so sure I understand. Everyone keeps talking up how the app will turn anyone with an iPhone into an on-the-spot reporter:
Among the high points of the CNN app: It offers the chance to essentially join the CNN reporting team. Readers are invited to submit their own photos and video clips to iReport, a feature CNN already uses on its Web site for gathering material from the public.
Reading this, all I can think is that CNN is asking people to pay it to work for CNN. If it works, bravo for CNN, but that does feel a little backwards, doesn't it? I can totally understand user-generated content sites where people do work for prestige rather than money, but I'm not sure how enticing it is to get people to pay to do work for you...

Filed Under: citizen journalism, iphone apps, news, reporting
Companies: cnn


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  1. identicon
    LoL, 1 Oct 2009 @ 6:21am

    Can't understand the morality.

    I see none, people will do it if they wish to, and if they feel bad about it they will stop. There is no morals involved. People use social networks that have EULA's that say they don't own what they put up there why it would be different with the CNN thing?

    The one thing I think they made a mistake is the $1 dollar rule. In an age where you can find things in abundance $2 dollars seems overpriced. People want to be part of lots of sites and not just one or two is like missing a limb or something and it also make people start thinking about quality and complain if it was priced at cents they would be in the "WTF! why not?" area.

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