uReporter

uReporter is a citizen reporting mobility application that allows anyone to submit current issues to a media outlet as they happen in the community, and to contribute news stories and events in real time from their mobile devices. uReporter empowers people in the community to quickly and easily submit news content to the media that then may be published for the publisher’s audience.

Business Overview

  • Allows anyone with uReporter to create and submit newsworthy content—text, pictures, audio, and video—to the media publishers from their mobile devices at any time
  • Application manages the backend approval of reports, acknowledgements, publishing, and archiving
  • Utilizes the robustness of Microsoft Azure, trusted and familiar technology to many

Technologies

  • Cloud – Microsoft Windows Azure

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  • Native application for Windows phone, Android phone, and iPhone

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Solution

Citizen reporters can create and submit, using their mobile devices, news story text, images, video, and even recorded audio about a newsworthy topic. Citizen reporters use an application interface, News uReport, to capture the news content. After the reporter submits captured content, they receive an acknowledgement. All submitted content goes into a dashboard where a news editor then reviews it; the geo-location of the reporter is also posted with the content. If the content is approved, the user who submitted the content receives a notification, and the content is then moved into a content management system for publishing to the newspapers application in real-time, along with other news. The uReporter application contains news feeds from any publisher’s local newspaper brands, and also contains a forum showing timely issues, news, and events submitted from citizen reporters using their mobile devices. The publisher’s audience members will see the citizen-reported news stories appear in a news app along with news stories from feeds for that brand. News stories in the uReports section of the app that viewers “like” with the most interest then become trending news stories, and those stories move up on the list. The application showcases news stories for the day and categorizes these stories by topic, such as sports, community, politics, etc. Users can sort stories based on category. With one click on a news title, a user can drill down to a detailed view of the story.

Target Customer

The uReporter application is offered now for various media and publishing houses to make available to their audience, the viewers.

Currently, the uReporter application has been rolled out by Pioneer News Group (Washington state) in three of their markets in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.