Quick thought: Don’t forget UGC is not just for extreme weather

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With the recent spate of extreme weather in the US, UK and Ireland, User Generated Content has featured everywhere and there have been some amazing captures. There’s nothing new about this, everytime we experience a bad bout of weather news organisations go into overdrive seeking out content from their communities.

Although a lot of news organisations are working with their communities all the time, reaching out, curating, collaborating and encouraging them to contribute content, many are still only using UGC sporadically.

Good UGC practice is not about having an upload function built into an app, setting up a dedicated email address or using social channels to gather content it is centred on good community management. Imagine what your community might contribute if you worked with them all the time.

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NewsWhip Creators, another smart service from the Dublin-based start-up

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If there is one personality trait you can count on when it comes to journalists it is competitiveness. This is something NewsWhip is capitalising on with its new service NewsWhip Creators, which puts journalists into a dynamic leader board based on the social activity the stories they have authored received.

But Newswhip Creators is more than just an elaborate vanity contest, this a gift for managers who want to see quickly how their journalists are performing compared with rival organisations. Perhaps the bigger gift to managers is that it’s going to spur their journalists on to make their content more social. However journalists can only do so much, this leader board is also going to very quickly shine a big light on media orgs who are enabling their audiences to share and interact using social media and, perhaps more importantly, those lagging behind who are not.

The task for Newswhip now is to localise this product and sell access, also I can see media organisations paying for access to custom builds of this (particular niches, landscapes etc).