Fox Television Stations has become the first major media outlet to employ citizen journalists.
The broadcaster has partnered with Fresco News, a crowd-sourced news startup that has signed up hundreds of citizen journalists in cities across the country.
The partnership went active on Wednesday and Fox-owned stations in 11 markets — including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — will use Fresco's Newsroom Tool Suite to gather stories.
Fresco's app, which connects people on the street to newsrooms, notifies citizen journalists who have signed up for the app of open assignments from a local TV station.
Those who pursue an assignment can then submit photos or videos to Fresco, which are quickly vetted by its content team and passed on to the station's producers.