Posts Tagged ‘UGC’

Digital Journal publishes March ‘Power User’ list in ongoing crowdsourcing project

April 3rd, 2012

My company issued this press release today:

Digital Journal today published a list of the 20 most active contributors on its network in March. The Top 20 list is published each month to report how Digital Journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists interact in an online media network.

“Gamification is going to be a pillar in the future for media organizations,” said Digital Journal CEO, Chris Hogg. “Having and using data in conjunction with a media offering positions a company like Digital Journal to be able to do things that have never before been possible. We can measure, track and report very granular data that has never before been accessible, and we are proud to be able to use that data to show off some of most talented media people in the world.”

Digital Journal publishes a Top 20 list in recognition of top performers from the company’s massive gamification project that tracks and reports activity of contributors across the Digital Journal network. Recording actions such as quantity of articles published, frequency of visit and how engaged members are, Digital Journal rewards points and badges to individual contributors based on the amount of their activity. The members who stay the most active in the month are then rewarded with a “Power Users” badge.

In addition to creating incentive for contributors to participate in the social news network, Digital Journal aims to showcase talent and create a level of transparency that gives an open look at how people interact with a news organization and how user-generated content is valuable in the wider news ecosystem.

“Digital Journal is seeing continued growth from contributors making their mark in social news media,” said David Silverberg, Managing Editor of Digital Journal. “Our focus on gamification has produced another excellent crop of informative journalism gaining attention with readers and publishers across the world.”

In no particular order, Digital Journal’s March 2012 Power Users include:

Digital Journal compiles data on a monthly basis and resets the points at the beginning of each month when a new competition begins. More info on Digital Journal’s gamification project can be found here.

Digital Journal releases Power User list featuring top 20 in crowdsourcing project in January

February 6th, 2012

Digital Journal today published a list of the 20 most active contributors on its network. The Top 20 list is published each month to report how Digital Journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists interact in an online media network.

In Q4 of 2011, Digital Journal launched a massive gamification project that tracks and reports activity of contributors on Digital Journal. Recording actions such as quantity of articles published, frequency of visit and how engaged members are, Digital Journal rewards points and badges to individual contributors based on the amount of their activity. The members who stay the most active in the month are then rewarded with a “Power Users” badge.

In addition to creating incentive for contributors to participate in the social news network, Digital Journal aims to showcase talent and create a level of transparency that gives an open look at how people interact with a news organization and how user-generated content is valuable in the wider news ecosystem.”

Digital Journal‘s gamification project has completely changed how people view media across our network, and how everyday people contribute,” said Chris Hogg, CEO, Digital Journal. “Month over month we have seen increases in unique visitors and pageviews. The launch of our gamification platform has given back in spades, and everyone across the board is benefiting by complete transparency and in-depth reporting of data.”

In no particular order, Digital Journal’s January 2012 Power Users include:
Elizabeth Batt
Arthur Weinreb
Amanda Payne
Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins
Tim Sandle
Lynn Curwin
Leigh Goessl
Andrew Moran
Alexander Baron
Paul Wallis
Katerina Nikolas
Ernest Dempsey
Paul Bradbury
JohnThomas Didymus
Marcus Hondro
Lynn Herrmann
Nancy Houser
Samuel Okocha
Igor I. Solar
Kim I. Hartman

Digital Journal compiles data on a monthly basis and resets the points at the beginning of each month when a new competition begins. More info on Digital Journal’s gamification project can be found here.

Digital Journal releases December Power User list featuring top 20 in crowdsourcing project

January 4th, 2012

Another press release from my company today…

 

Digital Journal, a global digital media network, today published a list of the 20 most active contributors on its network for December 2011. The Top 20 list is published each month to report how Digital Journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists interact in an online media network.

“Digital Journal’s gamification project is really working well to encourage more activity and contribution, while at the same time rewarding active contributors with a great deal of exposure,” said Chris Hogg, CEO, Digital Journal. “In addition, we can determine how people consume and interact with our media network in real-time, giving us vital information on the popularity of certain sectors of our news network right down to a granular level.”

In Q4 of 2011, Digital Journal launched a massive gamification project that tracks and reports activity of contributors on Digital Journal. Recording actions such as quantity of articles published, frequency of visit and how engaged members are, Digital Journal rewards points and badges to individual contributors based on the amount of their activity. The members who stay the most active in the month are then rewarded with a “Power Users” badge.

“Our contributors, members and readers have responded so well to our gamification project,” said Hogg. “Giving people recognition for hard work is important, and highlighting details of how people engage in an open news ecosystem adds a layer of interactivity critical to digital news initiatives.”

In addition to creating incentive for contributors to participate in the social news network, Digital Journal’s aims to showcase talent and create a level of transparency that gives an open look at how people interact with a news organization and how user-generated content is valuable in the wider news ecosystem.

In no particular order, Digital Journal’s December 2011 Power Users include:

Digital Journal compiles data on a monthly basis and resets the points at the beginning of each month when a new competition begins. More info on Digital Journal’s gamification project can be found here.

About Digital Journal:

Digital Journal is a global digital media network with 34,000+ professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and freelancers in 200 countries around the world. Regarded as a pioneer and leader in crowdsourcing and user-generated content, Digital Journal leverages its custom-built content platform and global reach to produce news and media content at scale in an environment that is built from the ground-up to be digital-first and social by nature. Digital Journal also consults and works with news organizations who want to leverage the power of their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. More info is available at DigitalJournal.com

Digital Journal showcases power of user-generated media with global coverage of top stories in 2011

January 3rd, 2012

A press release from my company this morning announcing some great momentum going into 2012…

Digital Journal is winning praise for its role in covering major international stories throughout 2011. Leveraging both technology and a global base of contributors, the company played a big role in covering 2011′s top stories.

Boasting a network of more than 34,000 members in 200 countries, Digital Journal’s reach allowed the social news network to take part in and lead editorial coverage of 2011’s major stories.

From the tsunami in Japan, to the Occupy movements in multiple geographies, to protests during the Arab Spring, Digital Journalists published breaking news, featured stories, photo essays and video of important stories.

“Digital Journal has cemented its position in the digital media industry, earning praise for curating and nurturing high-quality user-generated media and for improving our platform to allow virtually anyone to take part in the news,” said Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital Journal. “Going into 2012, we’re excited to continue to lead in the world of user-generated media along with our world-class base of contributors and a platform that is unmatched.”

In addition to being a hub for top-notch reporting, Digital Journal also introduced several platform enhancements that have grown uniques by more than 75 percent. Pageviews have more than doubled.

“As a pioneer and leader in the world of user-generated content, Digital Journal has built a business around scaling content across several verticals and multiple geographies,” said Hogg. “Our content assignment tool and gamification project were game-changers for our business. Today we’re as much a technology company as a media company, which is a necessity for any media company that wants to be a leader.”

Some of the major international stories covered by Digital Journalists include:

  • The widespread London riots, from technology used to identify protesters to the thousands of arrests.
  • Tracking and reporting on the Occupy movement in cities such as Toronto, New York, London, Edinburgh, Oakland, Baltimore, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, Halifax, and more.
  • Telling the many stories behind the Arab Spring protests, from Tunisia to Egypt.
  • In-depth coverage on the tsunami that hit Japan.
  • Reporting on protests in Greece and reactions from everyday citizens.
  • Reporting on the effects of the severe drought in Somalia.
  • Covering Hurricane Irene as it hit the US northeast.
  • Reporting on the tornados that ripped through Joplin, MO.
  • Photo essays covering the Vancouver riots after the 2011 Stanley Cup game.
  • Telling the untold stories related to the Royal Wedding, including the many fans lining up to get a glimpse of the ceremony.
  • Celebrity coverage from the Toronto International Film Festival, including photo stories showcasing many A-list celebs.
  • Covering the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and tributes staged across the United States.
  • Tracking the results of the 2011 Canadian federal election and providing breaking news on ridings and voting results.
  • Publishing breaking news on the recent shooting massacre in Belgium.
  • Writing on same-sex legislation passed in various U.S. states and foreign countries such as Malawi, including analysis of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal news.
  • Chronicling the intense flooding in the Philippines and the recovery missions.

“It’s amazing to watch the power of user-generated content as it scales across our global social news network,” said David Silverberg, Managing Editor of Digital Journal. “From editorial excellence to ongoing interaction between contributors, not a day goes by that we don’t marvel at the power of crowdsourcing.”

About Digital Journal:

Digital Journal is a global digital media network with 34,000+ professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and freelancers in 200 countries around the world. Regarded as a pioneer and leader in crowdsourcing and user-generated content, Digital Journal leverages its custom-built content platform and global reach to produce news and media content at scale in an environment that is built from the ground-up to be digital-first and social by nature. Digital Journal also consults and works with news organizations who want to leverage the power of their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties.

Digital Journal ‘Power User’ list features top contributors in crowdsourcing project

November 7th, 2011

Today we released the following press release. I’m reprinting here for those who are following user-generated content and gamification projects like the one we launched at Digital Journal:

 

Digital Journal, a global digital media network, today published a comprehensive list of the 20 most active contributors for the month of October. The data was published as part of an ongoing crowdsourcing project that tracks and reports how Digital Journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists interact in a newsroom.

In September, Digital Journal launched a massive gamification project that tracks and reports the activity of contributors across the media network. Recording actions such as quantity of articles published, frequency of visit and level of engagement, Digital Journal rewards points and badges to individual contributors based on how active they are. The members who stay the most active in the month are then rewarded with a “Power Users” badge.

“When we launched our gamification project in September, we expected to see some interesting results because we are recording virtually every move made by our contributors each month,” said Chris Hogg, CEO, Digital Journal. “When we looked back through the data, we were really happy to see such a diverse group of contributors from around the world take home the coveted Power Users badge.”

In addition to creating incentive for contributors to participate in the social news network, Digital Journal’s gamification project aims to showcase talent and create a level of transparency that gives a completely open look at how people interact with a news organization and how user-generated content is valuable in the wider news ecosystem.

“We’re as much a technology company as we are a media company, and this project really aims to marry the two so we can rely on data to identify key contributors across the world,” said Hogg. “Most newsrooms have no idea how productive or hard-working some of their employees are, but this initiative gives us a granular look at how every one of our members and contributors interacts with us in real-time.”

In no particular order, Digital Journal’s October 2011 Power Users include:

Digital Journal compiles data on a monthly basis and resets the points with the beginning of each month when a new competition begins. More info on Digital Journal’s gamification project can be found on the company’s website here.

About Digital Journal:

Digital Journal is a global digital media network with 33,000+ professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and freelancers in 200 countries around the world. Regarded as a pioneer and leader in crowd-sourcing and user-generated content, Digital Journal is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Digital Journal also consults news organizations on how to empower their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. For more information, visit digitaljournal.com.