Le Parisien’s new user-powered site will mix professional and amateur content

Pro-am photo and video agency Citizenside has completed a hat-trick of French newspapers by signing up a third partner, Le Parisien. Le Parisien is the latest title to use Citizenside’s reporter kit, which gives news organisations a tool to find and encourage users who contribute reliable, news-related images and videos. Earlier this month the company announced its deal with Metro International and the launch of the MetroReporter site, which creates a community for users to share images and videos with each and the title’s editors, as part of the French edition. But the new section of Le Parisien’s site using Citizenside’s technology, You, is distinctly different from previous deployments of the reporter kit by publishers, said Matthieu Stefani, vice president of Citizenside.com. You.leparisien.fr will add text contributions from readers, such as eye witness accounts of events, alongside images and video. “Non-validated content” submitted by users will be displayed alongside material that has been editorially verified to increase the speed of publication with fact-checking carried out ‘a posteriori’ and a third-party company used to filter, but not verify, material before publishing. The site also takes news feeds from Le Parisien’s main site to mix amateur and professional content within the microsite


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