Frequently Asked Questions
Live Shot Cam is a news site devoted entirely to original media produced by citizen journalists. Any member of the public (including you) can participate as a reporter, a commentator, an editor, or an analyst.
Is this legal?
Yes! In the United States and other free countries, no license or certification is required to act as a journalist or a news commentator. We have a right to criticize our government and our elected officials, as well as act as watchdogs against all forms of corruption and malfeasance. This is part of free speech, and it’s guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
How is Live Shot Cam different from other news sites?
We feature exclusive media and content – breaking stories, analysis, and exposé that “mainstream” news organizations cannot or will not cover. Unlike virtually every other news and commentary blog on the internet (including citizen journalism sites), we don’t simply gather and recycle news you can find elsewhere. And unlike other blog sites, you are not limited to merely writing comments. We invite all registered users to submit their own featured articles.
What sort of topics will be covered?
Live Shot Cam is our chance to keep the mainstream media honest. Our focus is on the central issues of our times: political events, elected leaders, government transparency, economics and the economy, media bias, and other issues you and your audience find important and compelling. Our editors will supply a regularly updated Hot Sheet listing ideas for articles, interviews, and event coverage.
I’m interested in reporting but my writing skills are rusty.
You can still contribute in many ways, including as a field reporter. Submit your notes, impressions and photos/videos, and we will edit your material into a complete article. You will receive the byline as the reporter.
Can I post my article and media on my own page too?
Absolutely yes! You can share any content on Live Shot Cam on any of the major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Digg, Reddit, or even your own site. You will retain your byline. Sharing content across social media can produce a synergistic multiplier effect resulting in your article, your media and your name receiving far more exposure than if you simply posted it on your own blog page or social page.
Are citizen journalists required to use their real names?
No. Everyone is encouraged to submit using their actual names, but pseudonyms (first name and last name format) are allowed. If you desire, only your pen name, pseudonym or alias will be shown on your articles.
How can I find out more?
Read the Live Shot Cam Citizen Journalist Guide, available directly from our main menu. You will find a complete discussion filled with tips, ideas, strategies, and other information to get you started.
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