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.
"The intersection of game theory and media is a fascinating space," said Digital Journal CEO, Chris Hogg. "We are really happy to see our audience react so positively to an initiative designed to highlight and reward people for their work, and our members have outperformed every metric we internally set. A big congrats to all of the participants in our April challenge, and a special kudos goes out to 20 individuals who demonstrated they are truly power users."
In no particular order, Digital Journal's April 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. If you would like to compete for a top spot on Digital Journal, simply sign up for an account and start contributing! It's that simple.
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