New online platform to allow freelancers to auction exclusive stories

A new online app has been launched for freelancers looking to sell exclusive stories and ideas to news editors. Qluso, which was developed by Northern Irish technology start-up NewsRupt and goes live in beta on 4 October, will allow news editors to browse through stories submitted by freelancers and place bids to become the first to publish the material. Freelancers using the service will set a reserve price and time limit before uploading their stories. The service says it will pay freelancers on the same day that stories are sold. The app will be free to use during the private beta period. From January, when it comes out of beta, editors will be able to sign up for free or premium accounts and Qluso will take a 15 per cent commission from every sale fee, Lyra McKee, co-founder of NewsRupt, said. According to NewsRupt, 100 journalists have already signed up as beta users of the service, while news editor sign-ups include staff from two national newspapers. The start-up is aiming for 5,000 freelance users and 200 news editors within its first year. McKee, who won the Sky News Young Journalist of the Year award in 2006, co-founded NewsRupt with three other young entrepreneurs. The start-up is currently raising its first round of investment and will build mobile and web applications for newspapers and journalists


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