VJ Movement is a new site that lets everyday people pitch their ideas for news stories to a group of selected global professional video journalists who then go on to produce them and post them online. Here’s one about a poor Chinese immigrant turned professional gambler who plays poker so that his kids can live the American Dream in Orange County, California.
I also love their raison d’être:
Loudon came up with the idea for the VJ Movement while covering conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. While talking with colleagues after long days of reporting in these war zones, Loudon realized two things: that many journalists could not do stories they wanted to do because editorial directors in far-off newsrooms believed other events were more important, and that when multiple journalists covered the same topic, they all ended up with entirely different stories. This is the basis of our concept, “There is more than one truth.”
VJ Movement is in its early stages and who knows how successful it will be but it’s a great idea. However, in order to register so that you can pitch, it costs $50 for a year’s membership. That seems a pretty steep price for the right to send a reporter tips and leads. So if you want to give it a whirl, we’ve got a free 3-month trial login you can use, username and pass are consumerist.