Citizen Journalists Wanted For The Next Big Story

Submitted by ub on Sun, 07/10/2011 - 00:27

City Island Images offers money for tips, stories, pictures and videos.

Please, get in touch and tell us your story now.

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Cash...we pay for stories...we pay for news tips. How much is my story worth?

A major exclusive used on the front page could be worth money and a smaller item would be worth less. Essentially, the bigger the name, the bigger the story, the bigger the offer.

What happens next?

A City Island Images journalist will contact you to check details and arrange a meeting if necessary.

When will You get paid?

We will send your payment by check within three to four weeks of the story appearing. In cases where confidence is an issue we can also make a payment to charity if you so wish.

What kind of stories are we looking for?

We publish a huge range of articles, ranging from political news and medical miracles, to real-life drama and celebrity exclusives. Our investigations team fearlessly pursues villains and cheats. We love good news and extraordinary stories about ordinary people too, especially if they are funny, inspirational, shocking or just plain amazing.

Do you buy pictures and videos too?

Yes, we pay money for exclusive pictures and videos. We will negotiate a deal for pictures alone or as a package with your story. Generally, your story will be worth much more if you have photographs to back it up.

Are there rules about when a newspaper can and can't make payments?

In general, any member of the public is entitled to sell their story. However, in certain situations there are strict rules by which we must abide (for example, we must not pay witnesses prior to court cases or criminals who are trying to benefit from their crimes).

Can I remain anonymous?

Yes. But if the story involves you directly it will have much greater impact, and greater value, if we can use your name and picture.

If I opt to stay anonymous, can anyone find out I gave you the story?

We will never disclose the identity of our sources to anyone unless you ask us to, as long as you have not deliberately given us false information.

Am I doing the right thing?

Celebrities and politicians make money by selling their stories to glossy magazines and publishers, so why shouldn't you? Indeed, the money we pay often helps people rebuild their lives after suffering an injustice or tragedy. If you wish, we can pay the money to a charity of your choice so others can benefit.

I'm still nervous, what should I do?

You can contact Imaginus to discuss your options in confidence without making any commitments. Please remember, we protect our sources. Our email is: