Citizen-Journalism Site Starts Program for Pro Journalists

By: Jennifer Saba

A Web site for citizen journalists is extending a helping hand to professional ones. Allvoices.com has announced a program for displaced journalists who want to continue their craft and get paid for it. The San Francisco-based Web site is building a professional network of journalists to cover key beats.

Allvoices will pay up to $250 per story to journalists who are selected to participate in the “Provoices” program based on market and beat. If the story generates a lot of traffic, the writer could be eligible for more money.

Former Boston Globe correspondent and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynda Gorov has been tapped to oversee the program as chief of correspondents.

“We recognized that these are tough times for many journalists as news organizations downsize,” Amra Tareen, Allvoices’ CEO, said in a statement. “We’re providing a platform for the best of these journalists to continue to cover their beats, communicate with a global audience and earn money doing it.”

During the first nine months of this year, newspaper industry employment was down 22% compared to the same period last year, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Allvoices has more than 200,000 registered citizen contributors.

Those interested in Provoices should send a resume and clips to journalist@allvoices.com.

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