ViewsHound Lets Authors Award Prizes to Their Fellow Writers

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Crowdsourced media site ViewsHound is now allowing authors to vote on how best to award cash prizes to fellow writers. The move heralds a move to a new phase in crowdsourcing, where judging of prizes—as well as writing—is farmed out to the crowd. The site is at http://www.viewshound.com.

Crowdsourced media site ViewsHound is now allowing authors to vote on how best to award cash prizes to fellow writers. The move heralds a move to a new phase in crowdsourcing, where judging of prizes—as well as writing—is farmed out to the crowd. The site is at http://www.viewshound.com.

ViewsHound already pays $120 per day in cash prizes to contributors who submit the best articles, photographs and cartoons, and gives contributors a 50% share of advertising revenue. This new twist sees an additional Author’s Prize of $10 per day introduced.

ViewsHound Editor-in-Chief, Ian Howlett, said, “We see huge potential in crowdsourcing as a means of revolutionizing journalism by bringing in a whole new style of writing and reporting. We’re always looking for ways to involve our users in what we do, and this new prize will further help us to identify and showcase the very best writing on the web.”

ViewsHound differs from other sites that publish user-generated content by having a full editorial process, including article selection and copy-editing.

The Author’s Prize is a 30 day pilot scheme, which will run until November 5th, 2011. After this date, ViewsHound will consider how to best incorporate this further use of crowdsourcing into its daily operations. ViewsHound is available at http://www.viewshound.com.

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