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Nine News and NineMSN launch user generated mobile app

Nine Newsbreak user generated screenshotNine News and NineMSN have launched a mobile application that allows users to report the news by sending in their own photos, videos and news tip-offs directly to the Nine newsroom.

NineMSN’s head of news Hal Crawford estimated that the volume of content submitted by users could increase five-fold as a result of new app – called Nine Newsbreak.

“In the past, users could upload content to our site, but there were a number of steps involved,” Crawford noted. “You had to shoot the video on a handycam, then use a USB to transfer the data to a computer, then upload it.”

“We’re removed those barriers. If you have an iPhone you can do it directly using the Nine Newsbreak app,” he said.

The source verification process would not change as a result of the expected rise of incoming user generated content, Crawford added.

“Checking the reliability of sources as well as copyright issues is something we do everyday, and won’t change,” he said.

The app – downloadable via iTunes – also offers 60-second video news bulletins twice a day, initially fronted by Nine newsreader Wendy Kingston.

According NineMSN, traffic to its mobile site has grown by 123% in 12 months.

Additionally, the Nine News mobile site (m.ninenews.com.au) is to be upgraded to run using HTML5, the latest programming language for the internet, to improve the user experience.

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