Meporter

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Meporter was a citizen journalist mobile phone application that used geolocation and multimedia to create hyperlocal, real-time news.[1] The name is a combination of Me and Reporter. Users posted news with headlines, text, videos, and images using their smartphones to the Meporter database and to the Meporter website; users could have the story pinpointed on a map using GPS. When the story was uploaded, it was viewable by other meporters via their smartphone or the Meporter website. Users earned "Press Passes", that were similar to Foursquare Badges, which could be exchanged for prizes.[2]

Features[edit]

Meporter was a multimedia-based system that allowed users to upload text, images, and videos to the events on meporter. Unlike other geolocation apps, Meporter did not have character limits on the text, so users could upload as much text as they deemed necessary to the database. The Meporter development team did not edit any of the user uploaded media on Meporter.

Meporter had a point system that awarded "Press Passes" to individuals who uploaded content and eet certain criteria. If the participating business was involved with the Press Pass, they could offer prizes to Press Pass holders. For instance, Forbes magazine offered a free 6-month subscription to meporters who posted 10 stories to the business category.

Partnerships and events[edit]

Meporter launched in 2011, at The TechCrunch Disrupt Conference in New York City.[3] It was featured on Fox Business Network,[4] The New York Times,[5] The Washington Post[6] and The Huffington Post.[7] Meporter has partnered with several businesses, brands, and events including Forbes magazine,[8] The Vans Warped Tour,[9] Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour, and Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reporter: The beat on the street". www.meporter.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Forbes Meporter Press Pass", Meporter LLC, Retrieved 2011-08-03 Archived 2011-07-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Write, Photograph And Film Local News As It Breaks With Meporter", TechCrunch, 2011-5-24
  4. ^ "Giving Local News a Run for its Money", Fox Business Network, 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2011-08-03
  5. ^ Bishop, Mac William, "Start-Ups Vie for Attention at the Venture Capital Table", The New York Times Company, 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-08-03-2011
  6. ^ Overly, Steven, "The Download: Three start-up groups partner American Idol of start-ups", The Washington Post, 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2011-08-03
  7. ^ Plesser, Andy, "Newsgathering Tool via iPhone -- "Meporter" Launches With Forbes Sponsorship ", The Huffington Post, 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  8. ^ "Newsgathering Tool via iPhone -- "Meporter" Launches with Forbes Sponsorship", Beet.TV, 5-27-2011. Retrieved 8-3-2011
  9. ^ "Vans Warped Tour 2011 Features Meporter Mobile Newsdesk App ", PRWeb, 5-31-2011. Retrieved 8-3-2011.