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How Watchdog City works for you
 
When you buy a story on Watchdog City as a news consumer, the money goes right to the journalist who produced it. Journalists set the price for their own work. You can "Buy it Now" for a single story or you can subscribe to a journalist's News Hub — a digital publication, video show or podcast.

Watchdog City is helping you put journalists back to work — on the beat — in your city. Because real journalism matters to your city and our democracy.
 
And we're helping you distinguish real journalism from the fakes. The Watchdog City ePublishing marketplace has some of the strictest credentialing requirements in journalism. Look for the Watchdog City Press icon to find authentic journalism produced under standards to protect credibility and journalistic integrity.
 
You decide if these journalists are successful by buying their stories and evaluating their work for other news consumers with our credibility rating system. You help protect journalism's core values by buying from Watchdog City Press journalists who pledge to uphold the Watchdog City Code of Ethics, which draws on the broad principles of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, but also includes specific rules and practices in place at major news organizations that protect credibility with standards to prevent conflicts of interest and forbid partisanship.
 
For news consumers — the reading, viewing and listening public — Watchdog City offers:
  • More independent, non-partisan journalists with their eyes on the public's business.
  • The reassurance that sellers who call themselves journalists abide by traditional ethical standards of the craft.
  • A place to purchase quality written, photo, video and audio journalism directly from journalists.
  • A way to find stories that big corporate media outlets aren't covering.
  • The opportunity to rate journalists' credibility and help rebuild and sustain watchdog journalism.
  • A place to purchase quality written, photo, video and audio content from bloggers offering ideas and expertise on a wide array of topics.
  • The opportunity to rate the work of bloggers and help shape the blogosphere into a productive and civil marketplace for ideas.
  • An opportunity to engage with Watchdog City Press journalists and Watchdog City Bloggers and share your comments and ask questions.
                       
For Journalists, Watchdog City offers:
  • A way to work independently while distinguishing yourself as a Watchdog City Press journalist who abides by ethical standards that maintain non-partisan independence and protect credibility.
  • A marketplace to sell your written, photo, video and audio news reporting directly to news consumers.
  • A secure setting that protects your copyrights and prevents buyers from disseminating your work to others who have not paid you. You, or your designated organization, retain your copyrights.
  • Social media tools to help you market your work and grow your buyer audience.
  • Automatic email updates to subscribers to your wire when you post new stories.
  • Analytic and dashboard tools to help you keep track of your written, photo, video or audio news producing business.
  • Feedback from your audience to help you grow as a journalist.
  • A way to keep quality journalism alive.
For the Watchdog City Blogger, this marketplace offers:
  • A way to work independently and distinguish yourself as a Watchdo City Blogger who abides by standards of quality.
  • A place to sell your written, photo, video or audio works directly to the public.
  • A secure setting that protects your copyrights and prevents buyers from disseminating your work to others who have not paid you.
  • Social media tools to help you market your work and grow your buyer audience.
  • Automatic email updates to subscribers to your wire when you post new stories.
  • Analytic and dashboard tools to help you keep track of your written, photographic, video or audio content producing business.
  • Feedback from your audience to help you grow.

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