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Trial and Error

U Find, U Report, U Decide

March 26, 2007 2:40 PM

FoxNews.com recently launched Ureport, a new service on its Web site that lets users upload photos, text and video reports. Since I don’t have a cell phone camera (I know, I know, I’m such a luddite), nor has there been any exciting news events in my neck of the woods (though my six year-old reports that a friend of his saw a snake near the elementary school), I won’t be submitting to the site.

Still, I’m curious to see if Foxnews.com has made the service easy for those citizen journalists who are much more ambitious than I. However, a quick scan of Foxnews.com does not turn up a link for the new component of the service. Next, I conduct a search on the site for “ureport.” The first result oddly enough whisks me to a link thanking me for sending my report to “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Which I didn’t do. As part of that thank you note is a link to “submit another report.” I click through and it takes me to a form to upload pictures and video. The form looks quite easy to use.

My questions for readers and for Fox: are site visitors using this, is it easy enough to find, and would you submit to a news site?


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