SUNNYVALE, CA-- (May 1, 2012) – Looxcie, Inc., makers of the first wearable mobile-connected video cam, announced today the Looxcie Citizen Journalist Program designed to offer support to independent reporters and video bloggers and to encourage greater citizen participation in reporting on news and events in their communities and on the front lines. Beginning on May 1 Looxcie, Inc. will accept submissions from citizen journalists who want to be considered for the 6 month program. The company will identify ten citizen journalists it believes are delivering the kind of unbiased, timely reporting that could be better enabled or enhanced with Looxcie’s hands-free video cams and it’s clipping and live streaming services. Selected journalists will become part of the Looxcie Citizen Press Corps *(for six months).
“Looxcie was initially created to solve a consumer problem – capturing the unpredictable, remarkable things that happen in life without having to anticipate them or have the inconvenience of holding a video camera while trying to be in the moment. With a growing number of people recording and sharing events in real time, we realized that Looxcie’s hands-free design,seamless streaming and sharing capabilities could help foster even greater citizen reporting and broaden awareness of news ranging from local to global events,” said Rom Pereira, CEO of Looxcie. “Our goal with this program is twofold: to build greater awareness for Looxcie as a tool for capturing and sharing news and to encourage citizen journalists to use video as a primary means for reporting the news in their communities and around the world.”
Looxcie will announce the members of its news corps the week of May 21 and members of the program will be seeded with hands free Looxcie Cams and streaming service immediately. The company expects 2-3 weekly video reports and will collaborate with the team of reporters on how to best leverage Looxcie cam to capture both unexpected and planned news events for their audiences. Bios and links to individual news feeds will be hosted on Looxcie.com and select video reports will be featured and promoted by Looxcie on a case by case basis.
Looxcie will accept submissions from May 1, 2012 through May 20, 2012. A selection committee of Looxcie employees will evaluate the video applications based on newsworthiness, originality, timleliness and reporting style as well as on a series of brief questions on their background and beliefs around why citizen journalism is important in the news ecosystem. Details on the application process and critera can be found at www.Looxcie.com/citizenjournalists.
Looxcie, Inc. is the creator of the first mobile-connected, handsfree, wearable video cam that frees people to be active participants in the moment, while recording and sharing on the go. The company recently launched the first group-cast live video streaming solution, LooxcieLive, in November 2011.Founded in 2008, Looxcie is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit www.looxcie.com . Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Looxcie or follow us at www.twitter.com/LooxcieCam