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Should news organizations make money off user-generated content and compensate sources?

Columbia Journalism Review

News organizations often make money off user-generated content, but the source of the user-generated content is often not compensated, Damaris Colhoun writes. Tow Center research director Claire Wardle, who is also involved with Eyewitness Media Hub, says: “I’ve really struggled with this idea of should we be paying eyewitnesses, because I think it creates a dangerous precedent. When you create a marketplace for breaking news content, as soon as you put a monetary value on eyewitness media, there is real evidence that people have crossed police lines, they put themselves in danger, they show graphic imagery when they have no training to do that.”

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