Fresco News today launched a major update to its iOS app, introducing a new look and bringing tools to let Fresco News users become paid reporters and photojournalists, uploading photos and videos from newsworthy events around the world.
Any Fresco user can upload photos and videos that can be commissioned by news organizations worldwide. With the Fresco Newsroom Tool Suite, news stations can create location-based assignments as soon as an event happens, which sends an alert to Fresco News users who can go and capture photos and videos. Content is vetted by the Fresco content team, with content owners receiving credit and payment for their work.
"We want to make reporting in the media more transparent, and we think creating a way for viewers to experience news through the eyes of regular, everyday people is the best way to do that," said John Meyer, CEO and founder. "For newsrooms, we've effectively created a way for them to get visual coverage of anything in 30 minutes or less using the incredible smartphone cameras in our pockets."
Using content gathered from Fresco participants, the Fresco News app is able to deliver news through the eyes of ordinary people around the world, providing a raw look at current events that are happening around the globe. A "Highlights" tab within the app offers up a list of the most recent user-reported stories, while the "Stories" tab shows a selection of images from trending global events.
A camera is front and center within the app, so all users can capture photos and videos should they encounter anything newsworthy. An "Assignments" tab houses all of the content requests created by news sites, which is where a Fresco user can go to receive assignments to capture photos and videos at nearby events.
Fresco News also has an accompanying Apple Watch app that lets users get a quick look at breaking news headlines, with Handoff to the iPhone available for reading a story in-depth.
Fresco's aim with the news Fresco News app is to cover a wider range of events happening worldwide. "We can shine a light on every relevant news event that should be read about and heard about," said Fresco News CEO John Meyer.