Journalism of the Future Will Be Fueled by Contests and Rating Systems

seed com logo o Journalism of the Future Will Be Fueled by Contests and Rating SystemsThe Business Insider posted a survey that AOL’s “Seed” content farm recently sent out. And while TBI focuses on the prospect of outsourced copy-editing and fact-checking, we find ourselves more interested in the implied psychological portrait of a Seed contributor. For example:

Why have you not submitted an article or photo gallery to Seed (select all that apply)?

-  Site hard to use

-  Don’t feel qualified

-  Concerned about being rejected

-  Assignments are too simple or below my level of experience and ability

-  Pay too low

-  Too much work

-  Not interested in the topics available

-  Other (please specify)

Indeed, fear of rejection is daunting! We have experienced it on numerous occasions, although none Seed-related. But might a sufficiently compelling motivation overcome such anxiety?

What kind of recognition/incentive would interest you most? (select one)

-  Contests

-  Rating system

-  Success stories

-  Creator of the week or month

-  Individual profile page listing professional info and published Seed works

-  Other (please specify)

-  Recognitions/incentives aren’t as important to me

We wish we could say that recognitions/incentives aren’t “as important” to us, but we do like a good rating system.