Scoopt, which just 12 months ago started selling the general public’s newsworthy photographs, has launched a similar service for bloggers called ScooptWords.
In summary, you stick their logo on your blog and if a visiting editor believes your content is newsworthy, they can purchase one-off rights. Scoopt aims to provide a “one-stop shop for negotiation, licensing and billing” to monetise blogging.
Of course, it throws up all sorts of questions about the quality (or lack thereof) of blogging.
However, many political bloggers, for example, provide news and opinion that is certainly worthy of print and therefore a fee – just read almost any post by Paul Linford, Bill Jones (aka Skipper) or Ian Dale for proof.
And if an editor is happy to pay standard freelance rates – minus a 25% agency fee – then surely everyone benefits?
… though I note a key question in their FAQs: “Are you trying to put journalists out of work?”
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