It was only a matter of time before the big American media networks got on board the “citizen journalism” train and CBS is the latest to do just that.
The network has lauched a ‘cit-j’ mobile reporting application for the iPhone that allows users to upload photo and video content to its site CBSEyeMobile.com.
But like iReport and other mainstream-meets-citizen media initiatives before it, will the content generated for CBS be anything more interesting than backyard weather photos and pet videos?
Continuing the trend of mainstream media integrating user-generated content into its programming, CBS has launched EyeMobile for iPhone, allowing its users to submit photos and videos to the company’s citizen journalism site: CBSEyeMobile.com. While several cable networks have launched similar efforts – CNN with iReport and FoxNews with uReport – CBS is the first of the “big three” broadcast networks to get into the game.
In addition to being able to upload content to EyeMobile, the app includes options for viewing content uploaded by others and leaving comments. As for the EyeMobile website, it is very YouTube-esque, allowing you to browse photos and videos by most recent, most viewed, and most commented. The site also allows you to copy and paste code to embed photos and videos elsewhere.