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Ideas into Photos: Scoopshot Connects Mobile and Media

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Ideas into Photos: Scoopshot Connects Mobile and Media

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With the Pew Research Center recently reporting that 56 percent of American adults now own smartphones, it makes sense that a company like Scoopshot would want to connect media companies with mobile users.

Scoopshot is a free mobile application available on Apple and most Android devices that allows photos and videos to be uploaded and shared. Users are required to register in order to manage accounts and payments. That's right--you earn money with every photo and video that is bought. Photos start at a flat $5 fee and users get $2.50 every time the image is purchased, although according to executive vice president Dave Rickley, there may be other variables such as exclusive purchases or unique images where a media company wants to pay more.

Scoopshot is developed and run by P2S Media Group Inc. in Helsinki, Finland. First launched in 2011, Scoopshot made its way to the U.S. last year. Rickley manages all business relationships, strategies and sales operations in the North American market. With a career spanning more than 30 years, he held a number of senior management and editorial positions at the Los Angeles Times. Working with Rickley as a Scoopshot agent is another former longtime Times employee, former executive editor and managing editor Leo Wolinsky.

Both men said what attracted them to Scoopshot was its ability to help media companies reach mobile customers. Wolinsky said it was an opportunity for him to "take on a new task and get involved with another aspect in media."

Rickley said what makes Scoopshot unique is its ability to send tasks to people. …

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