CitJo’s

أهلا بــك في CitJo If you are here, then you have an appetite for the news, and a strong desire to be part of it! We are here to give newsmakers easy access to your on-the-ground eyewitness reports, and uniquely give citizen journalists like you, or citjos as we like to call you, a chance to price media you already post on social media websites.

How It Works?

1) Posting:

To get started all you have to do is register for our site. You can do this using your Twitter account, or just the old fashioned way. Once you are a member, you can post in two ways:

Unobtrusive Approach: Go out to an event like you always do. If you decide to post something you think you can sell on CitJo simply add the hashtag #CitJo.

As soon as your media posts to Twitter, it will show up on our site. You can also price the picture how you like by using hashtag profiles. You might have set the #Tahrir to a royalty free or creative commons license. Or you might have #breaking set for breaking news which you've priced at $100.

Proactive Approach: If you've got something super special, you can post post images, videos, editorial, keywords and details of selling directly from the web platform.

In the same way as the first approach, your content can be viewed, and also sold at a fixed price you set when posting. You can still tell your Twitter followers about the picture by checking the box "Post to Twitter" on the upload page.

2) Hints & Pointers:

You want your media to get noticed by the newsmaker so here are some hints on capturing an event, and best practices for posting:

Plan:

If you know you are going to an event, and are probably going to post media it's a good idea to plan what you want to shoot. If you are familiar with how the event usually unfolds you can identify characters that are interesting, or have an idea on how the event could play out.

Let's say, for example you are headed to Mohamed Mahmood St. off of Tahrir Square in Cairo, where clashes are happening between protestors and security forces. You know you want to get shots of security shooting tear gas, the protestors catching them and throwing them back and injuries that might be sustained during the fighting. You also know there is one protestor that is always holding up the Egyptian flag. So you make a list of the things you want to shoot, and as soon as you enter the street, are able to identify the best ways to take that picture.

Always remember though, that anything can happen when at an event. Your list is not the final word. If you see something interesting, shoot that instead.

Capture:

a) Lighting: Unless you are using a professional camera, taking a picture or video of an event at night will be difficult. Try to get to the event before the sun sets. If that's not possible, try to take the picture or video in a well-lit area such as under a street lamp or where there are plenty of car headlights.

b) Hold The Shot: With a picture this is easy, you simply point and shoot and you have your photo. Think of video as a moving picture. Get in the habit of counting to 20 whenever you see something exciting on your screen. Only pan if you are moving with something that is integral to what you are trying to say.

c) Identifiers: Journalists are always defending their credibility and providing proof for the stories they report, and you will do the same. Look for identifiers that prove location and time as soon as you get somewhere. This could include street signs and car plates, or a newspaper with the day's date on it.

Post:

The most important part of your post, other than the picture, is your caption. It is standard journalistic practice to include the 5W's and the H. Who did what? Where and when did this happen? How did they do it and why is it important?

While you may not have all this information, keep in mind these are the terms media buyers are going to be using to search for media. So, you should always answer the question:

WHO did WHAT, WHEN and WHERE?