More than Six Million People a Month Get their News from Citizen Journalists on Allvoices

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Innovation, interest in first-hand accounts from citizen reporters spikes activity on the web’s largest global news hub

Allvoices’ rising popularity affirms our belief that news is not defined by a finite number of publishers, but by anyone, anywhere with the means to capture an event and explain its significance.

Allvoices.com, the largest open media site in the world, today announced that 6.5 million unique monthly visitors now get their news and information from more than 375,000 registered citizen journalists reporting on its platform, making it the largest citizen media site in the world. Allvoices is the only media platform where anyone can report unfiltered news and other timely information from anywhere, anytime for immediate consumption by a global audience. Contributor and reader growth is in direct proportion to, and an affirmation of citizen journalism’s popularity, the ease of which anyone can publish reports on Allvoices, and the site’s ability to verify report credibility—an industry first and a necessity in citizen journalism.    

Launched just two years ago and already ranked a top 3000 site by Alexa and top 2000 site by Quantcast, Allvoices has quickly become the web’s leading resource for first-hand event accounts from hyper-local to global locales. The public’s hunger for alternative news sources and un-sanitized information has been a major contributor to the site’s popularity as a repository for raw news accounts.

To ensure reports are thorough, Allvoices employs a unique combination of technology, automated aggregation and community content curation to provide a 360 degree view of every contribution. Fully-realized “news packages” can start with as little as a text message. Once received and vetted for authenticity, Allvoices Automated News Room surrounds reports with related information from other mainstream and user-generated sources such as blogs, video, pictures and Twitter to produce a richly detailed accounting from multiple, immediate perspectives.

“Allvoices was born into a media climate where we were the ‘right idea at the right time,’” said Amra Tareen, founder and CEO, Allvoices. “Citizen Journalism is finally coming into its own; there are simply too many information sources now for the mainstream media to keep up with news consumers’ growing expectations of immediacy, unfiltered and unedited content, first hand perspective, the ability to share and manipulate information or become an information source themselves. Allvoices’ rising popularity affirms our belief that news is not defined by a finite number of publishers, but by anyone, anywhere with the means to capture an event and explain its significance.”

Over the past year Allvoices’ rapid technological innovation has raised bar for citizen journalism. The site is responsible for introducing a number of other firsts which have contributed to the site’s popularity as a destination-location for news you can’t find within mainstream sources. Concurrently, interest in specific world events such as the Iranian elections, the World Cup, the Olympics and other political, cultural, socio-economic and human interest stories has also contributed to Allvoices’ rapid user acquisition.

Advancements in citizen journalism coming out of Allvoices this year include:

--The Global Assignment Desk - where both professional and citizen journalists provide regular in-country reports from 30 major cities around the world.
--The appointment of David Warthen, Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) co-founder and Internet visionary as Allvoices’ Chief Technology Officer
--Warthen revolutionized online search and marketing while at Ask Jeeves and helped lead the company through its initial public offering (IPO) in 1999.
--The most lucrative incentive plan in the citizen journalism industry, including health care for citizen reporters
--The Allvoices Syndication Program where:
--Allvoices offers world wide exposure to media and image buyers.
--Allvoices licenses submitted images
--Allvoices international platform showcases contributor images and increases the chances of selling images
--Innovative reporting assignments such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa News Reporting Contest, and

“We’ve worked very hard to get to this point, and the reception we’ve received from both the mainstream media and proponents of citizen journalism alike has been tremendous,” said Aki Hashmi, Chief Marketing Officer, Allvoices. “There is broad recognition of the importance of the citizen reporter’s perspective on world events, and before our inception there were few places for that unique, first hand voice. Our goal is to make sure we maintain a strong platform where journalists of all types can publish and promote their work. The numbers we’re announcing today agree with and affirm our intent of providing the best vehicle for anyone who wants to expose news to the world.”

About Allvoices, Inc.
Allvoices.com is the largest global community offering local to global news and perspectives in one place. With its proprietary technology, Allvoices provides a 360p view of news by enabling citizen reporting from its community and international news bureaus that is automatically surrounded by additional sources of content including mainstream news feeds and blogs, social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), images and videos which provides context, insight and diversity of opinions around a broad range topics and issues on the global, national and local levels. Allvoices utilizes professional online news stories and media to determine relevancy and credibility with each contribution made to the site. Its highly automated system blends the latest advances in natural language processing and machine learning with a vibrant, diverse and engaged community so anyone can easily publish relevant, trustworthy news for a global audience. The resulting connection and dialogue between contributors and readers makes Allvoices the destination for breaking news, hyperlocal topics and popular global interest stories (http://www.allvoices.com).

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press(at)allvoices(dot)com

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