About 2,000 citizen reporters currently contribute to Russian News and Information Agency RIA Novosti and the organization plans to increase the number of contributors to 1 million over the next five years, editor-in-chief Svetlana Mironyuk said on Friday.
In April 2010, RIA launched its YouReporter multimedia citizen journalist project, which encourages people who have found themselves witnesses to events that have made the news to post their reports on the website www.youreporter.ru.
The project aims to provide the independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires. YouReporter builds a symbiotic partnership with users and attracts readers to participate in the newsroom thereby creating interest among readers.
"I expect that by the end of 2011, will have up to 5,000 citizen journalists and over the next five years, their number will increase to one million," Mironyuk said.
The project allows readers to become users and producers at the same time. "The journalist's monolog is turning into a conversation with bloggers, citizen journalists, dwellers of social networks," Mironyuk said.