Live Citizen, a citizen journalism site currently in beta testing, is offering $20 an article, according to its ad on JournalismJobs.com. The Los Angeles-based company wants journalists to sign up for 3-month contracts, which require 2 to 6 stories each week AND a video broadcast lasting from 5 to 15 minutes each. Stories are expected to be more than 350 words.
It’s easy to see why Live Citizen is looking for more journalists. The newest story on Business & Tech was almost two weeks old at the time I wrote this post. The World and U.S. sections seem more current, but do not have a lot of depth.
To me, Twitter is one of those I-wish-I-didn’t-have-to-do-that sort of thing. There’s nothing wrong with Twitter per se – other than it’s sometimes painfully slow; it’s just that it comes at a time when most of us are already cognitively overloaded with Facebook, blogging, LinkedIn, Instant Messages, email, browsing… .
Even so, Twitter is growing by leaps and bounds. And if I could just get a few of the big boys to throw a Tweet to WriteThru, I could spend more time working on webinars instead of social marketing.
So far, no such luck. For now, I must continue marketing the hard way, one person at a time.
Once you find a reason to use Twitter, it turns out there are plenty of “hidden” tools available. A friend for example, put me on to TwitterFeed, which sends a Tweet whenever I publish a blog post. I appreciate the Time savings (and not having to sign on to Twitter for that.)
If you’re just getting started, The New York Times has a blog post to help you out. Learn how to:
Send Your First Tweet
Understand Twitter Shorthand
If you’re looking for more advanced Twitter Twicks, The New York Times has this article, which discusses:
Twitter via SMS
How to Disguise Twitter at Work
How to Scrape Twitter
Some of them sound interesting. But do I really want to do them all?