Digital Journal Releases December Power User List Featuring Top 20 in Crowdsourcing Project

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Gamification project continues to showcase top global talent in online media network

Digital Journal can determine how people consume and interact with our media network in real-time, giving us vital information on the popularity of certain sectors of our news network right down to a granular level.

Digital Journal, a global digital media network, today published a list of the 20 most active contributors on its network for December 2011. The Top 20 list is published each month to report how Digital Journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists interact in an online media network.

"Digital Journal's gamification project is really working well to encourage more activity and contribution, while at the same time rewarding active contributors with a great deal of exposure," said Chris Hogg, CEO, Digital Journal. "In addition, we can determine how people consume and interact with our media network in real-time, giving us vital information on the popularity of certain sectors of our news network right down to a granular level."

In Q4 of 2011, Digital Journal launched a massive gamification project that tracks and reports activity of contributors on Digital Journal. Recording actions such as quantity of articles published, frequency of visit and how engaged members are, Digital Journal rewards points and badges to individual contributors based on the amount of their activity. The members who stay the most active in the month are then rewarded with a "Power Users" badge.

"Our contributors, members and readers have responded so well to our gamification project," said Hogg. "Giving people recognition for hard work is important, and highlighting details of how people engage in an open news ecosystem adds a layer of interactivity critical to digital news initiatives."

In addition to creating incentive for contributors to participate in the social news network, Digital Journal's aims to showcase talent and create a level of transparency that gives an open look at how people interact with a news organization and how user-generated content is valuable in the wider news ecosystem.

In no particular order, Digital Journal's December 2011 Power Users include: Romeo Marquez, Bart B. Van Bockstaele, Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins, Lynn Curwin, KJ Mullins, Michael Krebs, Tim Sandle, Lynn Herrmann, Christopher Bates, Samuel Okocha, Gar Swaffar, Nancy Houser, Joan Firstenberg, Andrew Moran, Alexander Baron, Kevin Fitzgerald, Katerina Nikolas, Kim I. Hartman, Leigh Goessl and JohnThomas Didymus.

Digital Journal compiles data on a monthly basis and resets the points at the beginning of each month when a new competition begins. More info on Digital Journal's gamification project can be found here.

About Digital Journal:

Digital Journal is a global digital media network with 34,000+ professional and citizen journalists, bloggers, photographers and freelancers in 200 countries around the world. Regarded as a pioneer and leader in crowdsourcing and user-generated content, Digital Journal leverages its custom-built content platform and global reach to produce news and media content at scale in an environment that is built from the ground-up to be digital-first and social by nature. Digital Journal also consults and works with news organizations who want to leverage the power of their audience to acquire content, drive revenue and increase engagement from digital media properties. More info is available at digitaljournal.com

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