Australian Citizen Journalism is nearly there.
March 22, 2006
Legion Interactive & Ten News have setup a service whereby they make money on Citizen Journalist’s mobile pictures or videos of breaking news stories.
They have setup an SMS/MMS service number so users can send in text, picture or videos, but this would be a premium number service. Not to mention the fact that MMS degrades the image/video dramatically.
The good news is that they have also setup an e-mail address which means that higher resolution pictures and larger movies can be submitted in their raw form. This will enable much better resolutions especially with the higher end 2 mega-pixel or greater mobile devices.
Frankly, this is an opportunity for an Australian based service such as Scoopt in the UK.