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How iwitness24 works for me

Community editor Chris Bishop shares his experience on iwitness24:

On the spot reporting’s come a long way since reporters had to depend on pay phones and photographers had to rush to the nearest darkroom to develop their films.

If you can get a mobile signal, you can use iwitness24 to report the news as it happens – straight from the scene.

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, I heard that a whale had washed up on the beach at Old Hunstanton. On the rare occasions when they end up on our beaches, these creatures attract enormous interest.

I was testing out the new iwitness24 app, so I set off to see what I could capture in the way of pictures and video. There was a story to chase, but I also wanted to know how the technology would cope.

I found the whale – not difficult spotting a 50ft long leviathan surrounded by a large crowd of people, barking dogs etc. I took several pictures and a couple of video clips, then uploaded them as I walked off the beach.

OK, the video isn’t quite up to Sir David Attenborough’s standards. But you can see how big the whale is. The footage and pictures I uploaded with it attracted thousands of views over Christmas. One of the pictures made it into the EDP as well.

If you’ve got a mobile phone in your pocket, you can report the news and be a part of the story.

Archant today launches its awesome new project, iwitness24, which allows you to share your photographs, videos and stories with our newsrooms as well as your friends and followers.

You can use iwitness24 on your PC, your iPhone or your Android device – and it couldn’t be easier to use at home, at work or while you’re out and about.

Your content – the things that are of interest to you – will be displayed on the iwitness24 platforms and will also go directly to our news teams across the region so watch out for your work in our newspapers and on our websites.

We’ll let you know when we’ve received your stuff and tell you what’s happening with it.

We want to see your stunning landscapes, your beautiful sunsets, photos and news from your community gatherings and events you attend.

And when you’re in the right place at the right time, we’d love you to capture the moment and share it via iwitness24.

Archant Norfolk’s editorial director James Foster believes iwitness24 can help community groups, schools, sports teams – in fact, absolutely everyone!

Mr Foster said: “We want people who live in our communities to have an easy way of helping us shape their newspaper every week and every day.”

The iwitness24 platforms have a huge number of exciting features including:

Follow your friends and favourite users to keep up to date with their latest submissions.

Power up and rise through the ranks by adding more videos and photos to iwitness24, discussing your fellow users’ work and taking part in our polls and votes.

Share your work on your Facebook wall and your Twitter accounts – but don’t stop there! Share your favourite work from your fellow users as well.

Rise to the challenge and take part in news missions that we will set you. It could be anything from a video of the first snowfall to photos of your football team – you’ll be sent challenges on a regular basis so watch your inbox.

We want to hear how you think iwitness24 can become even better. Become a fan of iwitness24Norfolk on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @iwitness24norfk, text 07557 748053 or email iwitness24@archant.co.uk

20 comments

  • Hi. My email is James.foster@Archant.co.uk and if you send me your queries I will answer them ( and give you my phone number). What our ts and cs say is that you retain copyright, we can use the picture in our publications but if we can sell the picture for you during our agreement we will make sure you get a substantial commission.

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    JamesF

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

  • A simple byline does not pay the bills. How much are readers going to be paid in return for pictures published in Archant publications?

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    robdigphot

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • first let me say I agree with the sentiment and the move towards embracing user content more. All part of Archant's sluggish response to what's happening in this world albeit a move in the right direction. However. What about investing in the existing content delivery and how the community of commenters are embraced and fed? What about user experience? You can't even put links to your own projects in your own stories! Don't jump on he social media bandwagon look deeper. Also addressing issues such as the 1st commenter.

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    Gary Dickenson

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Hi guys. As far as copyright goes, it remains with the user. And the absolute aim will be to byline and credit the person involved - very, very important that people are credited for the great stuff they share. Gary - links to the projects are on the page, top right.

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    Rich

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Hi "V". We're eager to see and share everything as long as it's not illegal!

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    Rich

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Thanks Terry, would be good to see your pics on iwitness24. We're hoping to build a good community there.

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    Rich

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Archant have been making large profits over the past few years at the same time as making many of their editorial staff redundant. It appears that with the launch of iwitness24 that they now want their readers to fill in the jobs of the redundant editorial staff by supplying stories and pictures for free!

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    robdigphot

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • A couple of interesting points from reading the T and Cs (you know, those things you don't expect us to read). The first is that, by submitting material to this site you are granting Archant a 5 year licence for its use. So they can use it as they wish for 5 years - and not necessarily for the reason it was first submitted. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with the possibility of my photograph say, illustrating a local event, cropping up without my permission if, for example, a crime happened years later in the same community. Secondly, it states that the user must idemify Archant (a multi-million pound company) against any potential legal action. So if Archant publishes an image in good faith, and profits from it, but it later inadvertantly defames somebody a poor private individual, who made no profit, could foot the bill? And will you be selling this material to big London newpapers? You're asking US to do YOUR jobs and best of all not paying us for it. And to make matters worse there is no legal protection. No thanks, this is not for me.

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    Banarama

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Yes VERY IMPORTANT The Copyright laws, If the reader takes a photograph the copyright should be that of the photographer, so we need to know if Archant are going to use the copyright photo and acknowledge the fact that the copyright is that of the photographer who took the picture?

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    Stop Press

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Thank you for your response JamesF. But is it not routine for people to sue the person who publishes the material rather than the person who produces it? I wouldn't for example, sue a reporter but the newspaper. It is a worrying inclusion in the T and Cs which looks, to me anyway, as an attempt to avoid your responsibilities. Also a five year license seems a lot - I have some experience and would have thought a one off license would be more fair. These points still concern me.

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    Banarama

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • What happens with copyright?

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    Marigold

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Rich - I think you might want to add that you don't want to see anything rude as well as not wanting to see anything illegal...my hubbie can lose himself for hours with just an iphone and bits of his anatomy....I hope your team is bracing itself for an onslaught of filth from similarly minded individuals...;)

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    merrydancer

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Apologies JamesF - I have now re-read your post and accept your point re:libel. My concern over licensing and future use remains though.

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    Banarama

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Hi guys. As far as copyright goes, it remains with the user. And the absolute aim will be to byline and credit the person involved - very, very important that people are credited for the great stuff they share. Gary - links to the projects are on the page, top right.

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    Rich

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • And how many of these will not be shown or published, due to self imposed censorship at Nanny Archant ?

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    "V"

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Rich, good to see interaction with the commenters. The links I refer to are at the bottom. As a user I expect to click and go not to have to scroll up. Bit pedantic granted but that's user experience for you.

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    Gary Dickenson

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • A simple byline does not pay the bills. How much are readers going to be paid in return for pictures published in Archant publications?

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    robdigphot

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Even this comment system does not work as expected, just how many times do you see duplicated comments because uses don't think their comment has not been sent? I have seen up to four copies of the same comment. Don't run before you can walk EEN24.

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    COLD

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • iwitness24. sounds a good new feature for our paper, nearly everone has a mobile with around 5-10 meg. pix. or like myself pop their compact camera's in their pocket before leaving home, looking forward to seeing some good readers pictures.

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    terry brock

    Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Thanks for all the comments and questions. If you look at the terms and conditions they are the same as anything that is submitted to us. We also say that a contributor owns the copyright and that if anything is sold, you will get substantial commission on the picture. We ask that you respect copyright and we ask you to take responsibility for copyright when you send us stuff, although we will check to the best of our ability. When it comes to libel, we can't transfer that burden to anyone else and would be responsible for that. Its good to hear concerns but do go to iwitness24.co.uk and see the terms and conditions for full details. If you explore the site you will see some 'how to use it guides' and in there you will find out how you could make money from a scoop picture. But we are genuinely saying to people we really value your contributions and you can help us report news and events as we cannot possibly cover everything. We have had wonderful stuff already and I hope you look at the site to see what it might offer to you..

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    JamesF

    Monday, January 16, 2012

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