Visual storytelling with the YouScoop app

Hoping to emulate what Instagram did for people who seem addicted to snapping and sharing photos of just about anything (and the huge community of phoneographers it built that still shows no sign of waning), GMA New Media Inc. released the YouScoop Android app that will allow users to take part in crowd-sourcing news for GMA Network. If you’re fond of taking photos of the food you eat or the clothes you wear, why not be a YouScooper as well and snap photos of newsworthy subjects, all in the name of public service.

This is pretty much a straightforward app – use it to submit a scoop or view scoops submitted by others. Without registering, you can easily browse the most recent scoops, that expand to reveal more details, and can be refreshed to fetch new submissions.

But should you decide to submit a scoop (anything from witnessing a crime or a disaster, to events the public should be made aware of), you will need to register and confirm your account. Tapping on the YouScoop or GMA News logo on the main screen will take you to its corresponding website.

Once registered, you can use the app to either capture a photo or record a video, or upload from your Android phone’s media gallery. Of course, you’re expected to submit only photos or videos that you own, and that by submitting, you consent that any photo or video you submit will be subject to validation and for publication to GMA Network’s online and television programs.

More than the exposure (your scoops will be attributed to you naturally), this Instagram-inspired app helps level up your photo-snapping and filter-editing prowess to the more purposeful citizen journalism, so don’t just be a witness, be a visual storyteller.

Screenshots via Globe Galaxy Note 2.

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