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Citizen journalists make money with Scoopt

Scoopt (, the world’s first ‘citizen journalism’ picture agency, achieved a treble success in early September.

• Bristol-based Stephen Bell captured the immediate aftermath of a dramatic car chase, and Scoopt immediately sold his pictures to the ‘Bristol Evening Post’.

• Scoopt member James Pearson used his cameraphone to photograph and film a commuter train fire at Abbey Wood Station, London. ITV’s ‘London Today’ news programme licensed and broadcast the video.

• Another Scoopt member obtained exclusive pictures of Jodie Kidd’s wedding. Scoopt sold one picture to the Sun, where it was published on Monday 12th.

Says Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae:
“Six weeks ago, we had a lot to prove. Scoopt was founded on the principle that if you take a picture that’ worth publishing, you should get paid for it whether you’re a professional or a member of the public. With successful sales of amateur material to the local press, to the biggest selling daily newspaper and to a national broadcaster, we can now consider the concept proven. Citizen journalism is here to stay. If you keep your eyes open, your wits about you and a camera or cameraphone in your pocket, you just might find yourself in the right place at the right time. Scoopt can then sell your photos or videos to the mainstream media.”

Scoopt is also delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Michael as Sales Manger – News and Pictures. With extensive staff and freelance newspaper experience on the News of the World, the Sun, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express, Neil understands the business intimately and is perfectly placed to broker the best possible deals for Scoopt members.

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