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DigitalJournal.com announces new payment structure and bonuses

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By Chris Hogg
Mar 31, 2009 in Business
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DigitalJournal.com was a pioneer in revenue-sharing when it launched its user-generated news site in 2006. We've shared revenue with Digital Journalists who report news and help us grow. We're now introducing a new pay structure as well as bonus payments.
DigitalJournal.com shares advertising revenue with Digital Journalists who report news and help us grow the community. The ad revenue is divided among all Digital Journalists based on how much they contribute, and how much attention their articles receive.
Our payment system now offers more incentive and extra bonuses. The following is an overview of how payments are calculated with a detailed explanation below.

Payment overview:

1). Payments are calculated based on both Likes and pageviews (More on this)
2). We offer bonuses for extra work such as on-the-ground reporting and interviews (More on this)

Detailed: How payments are calculated

Payments are now calculated based on a combination of two factors: The number of pageviews and the number of Likes an article receives from readers. Those translate into points, so the more points a Digital Journalist gets, the more money he or she will make.
Likes: On the bottom of every article there is a big Like button; that feature sorts DigitalJournal.com's front page (the more Likes an article receives, the faster it hits the front page and the longer it stays there). The Like button also helps us determine when an article is appreciated by the readership. Digital Journalists earn more if their article is deemed to be very important (more Likes = more pay). We always encourage you to Like for articles you find newsworthy.
Pageviews: Sometimes a Digital Journalist will publish an article that is very popular and brings in tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of views. However, readers don't always click the Like button. To ensure writers are compensated for this, we include pageviews in our payment calculations. So the more pageviews an article receives, the more money the author will earn.

Detailed: Extra effort bonus for extra work

We now have a bonus in place, giving financial incentive to any Digital Journalist who puts in extra effort by reporting from the scene of a news event and doing interviews with people who are in the news. While all news stories are important and need to be told, we believe Digital Journalists should be paid more if they do more work. This move encourages more originality, and we're working to show the rest of the world user-generated news can be top-notch if done right.
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When a Digital Journalist publishes an article, he or she can specify if they saw an event in person or if they interviewed someone.
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Step 1: Post news When a Digital Journalist wants to file a story, he or she can click "Post News" on the top of the page to be taken to the posting window (if you're not yet a Digital Journalist but would like to become one, log in and click "Post News" to be taken to our application screen - more info). From there, you fill in the particulars of your article, including headline, keywords. etc.
You will also need to click a button to indicate if your article is a news story or opinion piece. On this screen, you will also see boxes you can check if you did an interview with someone, or if you went to an event or saw news happen and want to report it.
We encourage everyone to call or email someone to add value to every news article. For example, if it's a political story, a Digital Journalist can email or call a professor, a pundit or even a politician to ask them a question about an issue. Ask them what they think, why it matters or who the news item will affect. The same can be done with natural disaster stories, sports, business mergers or even new tech products that are hitting the market. You can even go to events around your city and report what happens in various communities. News is happening all the time, you just need to look for it and ask people about it. If you interview someone who supports a subject, it's always a good idea to try and find someone who is against the issue. This balance offers both perspectives and you can ask each individual why they feel the way they do.
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Digital Journalists need to provide contact details to their interview subjects.
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Step 2: Provide contact info Once you check off a box telling us you were at the scene where news happened, or you did an interview with someone regarding a news event, you will see a new box pop-up that asks for your source's information. This step is mandatory.
Why do we ask for this? DigitalJournal.com always strives for accuracy in reporting. Just like a traditional newsroom, our on-staff editors may contact your sources to verify quotes and check facts. This step ensures your report is always accurate and up-to-date.
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Digital Journalists need to provide contact details to their interview subjects. They can then re-use contacts at a later date by selecting them from a drop-down list.
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If you interviewed someone, please provide their phone number(s) and email address(es). If you are reporting something you saw but didn’t interview anyone, please provide your phone number and email address. This information will not be shown publicly (unless you choose to share your Contacts with other Digital Journalists), and most people are happy to provide their details to an editor for follow-up questions. Remember to tell your interview subject they may be contacted.
Step 3: Activate your article Once you're finished writing your article, check spelling, Save & View to make sure it all looks good, then activate it to make it go live on DigitalJournal.com. That's all you need to do.
If you put in extra effort (if you checked off one of those boxes saying you are reporting first-hand, or you interviewed someone), DigitalJournal.com will be notified and a member of our editorial team will have a look at your submission. Remember, in order to get the extra effort bonus your article has to include first-hand reporting or an interview; you cannot simply rewrite an issue you heard or read about somewhere else.
We may call your sources at this point to ensure quotes are accurate. If you are the source, we may call you. Your article will be active the whole time, so you don't need to worry about making sure we check it right away.
The article will immediately have a red "sticker" added to it when it's activated, but you won't get the financial bonus until it's reviewed by a member of our staff. When you hover over this sticker it will tell you what makes it special (if it's first-hand reporting or if it includes an interview, or both). This tells readers your article is a special report and it helps the article stand out on the site.
Once it's approved as a Special Report, all the Likes and pageviews that have accumulated on it will then have a bonus applied and you will earn more money than if you had published a regular news story without the extra work of first-hand reporting or interviews. The more pageviews and Likes your article gets, the bigger the bonus. You will be notified by email when it's been approved.
In the event our staff does not approve your article (if it doesn't include extra work), you will be notified by email and the sticker will be removed.

A final word:

As the site's revenue climbs, we'll be pouring more money into the moneypot to ensure Digital Journalists are paid more for their work. Thanks to all the dedicated and passionate Digital Journalists who are helping to grow this news community.
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