By Amin Torres
There are countless news events happening around the world every day. Many are under-reported stories that are not covered by traditional media since their tendency is to focus on hard-hitting news, rather than events that are directly relevant to our daily lives.
The emergence of independently-managed blogs has helped close the gap between major news and our local or individual interests. However, what is frequently missing from independent news blogs are great images to illustrate the story. At the same time, images for these stories are constantly being captured by ordinary citizens. Everyday people are attending amazing sporting events, meeting celebrities, witnessing a protest and are capturing images of their encounters. This in turn is building a steady stream of newsworthy photos without any outlet to share them beyond Facebook or a tweet. Every single one of these images is a lost opportunity for a blog or news organization to use them alongside a story.
If you had a tool that made it easy for you to share newsworthy images with the blogs and newspapers that could potentially utilize them, would you participate? Spread is a new mobile application that enables just that, for everyday people like you and me to share images from a smartphone directly to blogs and news outlets around the world.
Spread is currently in their final development stages and raising money to release their mobile app and supporting desktop application. Check out their indiegogo campaign here to find out more: http://www.indiegogo.com/joinspread. If you want to be notified when Spread launches, sign up here:
Spread’s founder, Amin Torres was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He is an artist and technologist living in New York City.