Join MySpace, be a journalist
When News Corp appointed a senior executive last week to oversee a project to share news among its various properties, we didn’t realize that it was including MySpace. Well, maybe “including” is a bit too expansive a word, but check out this announcement that came from the online social network on Monday:
MySpace, the world’s leading online social portal, together with Fox News, today announced an exclusive partnership for the launch of the official MySpace uReport community at http://www.myspace.com/ureport. The partnership, the first between MySpace and Fox News, gives the global MySpace community the ability to share their citizen journalist-produced content with the MySpace community, as well as have the chance to be featured on Fox News.
Members of the MySpace uReport community can become “uReporters” by uploading video and photos tagged by specific news categories including USA, World, Entertainment and Politics. This content could be featured in relevant programming on Fox News Channel and foxnews.com, with Fox News maintaining editorial control of the MySpace page. The community will also feature profiles of Fox News anchors and hosts, allowing members to link to their favorite network personalities.
Well, here’s one more way a laid-off journalist can contribute some reportage to the general populace, albeit with color and layout schemes that can cause eyestrain. On a more serious level, it makes us wonder if it’s a cool feature or actually has some possibility of generating money for Murdoch’s social network.
And, finally, we can’t help but wonder when we’ll get our first top story headine on wsj.com — courtesy of breaking uReporter news on MySpace.
(Now, even legendary actors like Kirk Douglas can be uReporters on MySpace. Photo: Reuters)