London, UK (PRWEB) May 11, 2011
The launch of ViewsHound on Monday May 2nd revealed a surprising breadth of contributions, with both balanced and charged pieces on topical, emotional and sensitive subjects alike. In line with its business model of crowdsourcing content, London based ViewsHound has awarded prizes to contributors of articles, photos and cartoons from around the world, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Lebanon and France.
The launch certainly hit a busy week for news with the Royal wedding, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the British voting reforms referendum, and the Libyan crisis (http://www.viewshound.com/politics/2011/5/the-arab-revolution) all making headlines around the world.
ViewsHound’s Editor in Chief, Ian Howlett, points out that “while all material is checked for quality, censorship of viewpoints is not enforced, allowing the views of real people and not just more neutral journalists”.
Contributions have come from many people: from journalists, photographers, artists and poets to political activists, musicians, bloggers and new media agencies. All are in with an equal chance of winning the daily cash prizes which total $100 for articles and $20 for photos and cartoons. Winners are chosen based on the quality and popularity of their contribution, with page views, “likes” and Facebook sharing all taken into account.
As revenues increase, so will the prize pot, and a revenue share arrangement with contributors will be introduced as soon as economically feasible. ViewsHound effectively spreads the word of its contributors with extensive social media sharing capabilities, contributor biographies and links to each author’s website or blog.
ViewsHound.com attracted over 350 registered users in the pre-launch week and, in the first four days following launch the service attracted 220 active contributor accounts and over 100 submissions of articles, photographs and cartoons.
Winning articles so far include:
- “Dear Earthling” by Jos Danckwerts - a heart wrenching account of human cruelty written from the perspective of a gorilla (http://www.viewshound.com/politics/2011/5/dear-earthling);
- a politically charged piece campaigning against the British NHS reforms, by Dr. Liz Peretz, who donated her prize money to the campaign;
- a commentary on the US candidates for the 2012 elections, by Ryan Kekoufski (http://www.viewshound.com/politics/2011/5/trump-v-obama-who-will-have-the-upper-hand-in-2012),
- an explanation of election systems for dummies by Philip Machanick (http://www.viewshound.com/politics/2011/5/should-the-uk-adopt-the-australian-voting-system)