What is DigitalJournal.com and what are the benefits of joining?
Founded in 1998, DigitalJournal.com is a news network where professional journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, amateur writers and average Joes and Janes work hand-in-hand to report, debate and discuss news and events around the world. Together, we are known as "Digital Journalists." We are made up of people exactly like you, and we're here to discuss what's happening now, talk about issues the mainstream press avoids or misses, and cut deep into the heart of today's news world. Every member of DigitalJournal.com (Citizens and Digital Journalists) can upload images
, embed video
, join Groups
on and "like"
articles and photos, and subscribe to news and alerts
. In addition to these features, we also offer Digital Journalists the chance to write news articles and get paid for their work (More info here
How is DigitalJournal.com different than a regular news site?
The first major difference is that news is written by our staff of journalists, as well as Digital Journalists from 140 countries around the world. Thousands of people write articles, comment on others' work, and rate news they consider important. The biggest benefit of having such a large body of contributors is that DigitalJournal.com is always up-to-the-minute, often posting stories before major media does.
Can I customize the news I see?
You bet. In fact, everything on the front page is customizable. Each "widget" on the front page can be moved so it fits your style and interests. If you prefer to have something higher up on the page, move it and we'll save it like that for you for the next time you return. You can also close features you aren't interested in, so your front page of DigitalJournal.com always reflects what matters to you. Also, rather than having editors select news that's important, our goal is to always serve up top news based on what the community wants to read about. Every article and image has a Like button which is your tool for pushing something closer to the front page. The more people "like" an item, the higher up in the news heap it climbs. It's just one more way DigitalJournal.com strives to keep the site focused on content that matters to you. (More on Like button
How can I contribute to DigitalJournal.com?
The great thing about contributing on DigitalJournal.com is that there are tons of things you can do. You can share images
with millions of people around the world; interact in Groups
to discuss and debate issues of the day; "like"
news, and images you find important; and discuss and debate
the world around you in comment threads, inside Groups or by messaging other members. We have tons of great features for any interest. For more details on how you can contribute, check out our full list of benefits
We also offer everyone the chance to get paid to report news as a Digital Journalist. As a pioneer in revenue-sharing online, DigitalJournal.com devised a way to ensure all contributors could get paid for their work and we were one of the very first sites where regular people get paid for contributing. Unlike most websites where bloggers post for free (and the company takes in all the ad revenue), DigitalJournal.com shares a portion of its advertising revenue with all Digital Journalists through what we call our “moneypot.” With an always-growing cash pool, every single Digital Journalist gets a chance to compete for a share of the moneypot. The more you contribute, the more you earn.
Scores are determined based on how many articles you contribute and how much attention they get. We count both likes and pageviews so the more attention your work receives, the more you can earn. We also pay bonuses for original on-the-ground reporting and interviews. For a detailed breakdown of how we pay, and how to maximize what you can earn, refer to this detailed article here
At the beginning of the month, all accounts that exceed $10 will receive an email notification to collect payment via PayPal (if you do not have a PayPal account, you will be sent a prompt to create one). All earnings are in U.S. dollars.
In order to become a paid Digital Journalist, you must submit a sample of writing. As a news site, Digital Journal is looking for writers who have a good understanding of spelling and grammar, and can show an ability to find and research relevant news. Everyone is welcome to apply. (More on applying to be a Digital Journalist
If I register, will you sell my email address?
We never share your personal information with anyone. Other users can contact you through our website, but your email address is never exposed. You can also disable the “contact me” feature.
I don't want to allow others to put their images on my articles. How do I stop that?
To prevent others from attaching their images to your articles, you have to first add an image yourself. Click on the "add image" link and browse through our database or upload one of your own. Select one you like and click the "Select Image" button. Now that you've added an image to your article, you will see check box that says "Allow others to contribute images" that you can turn on or off.
How much money will I make if I contribute on the site and who gets paid?
DigitalJournal.com shares advertising revenue with Digital Journalists who report news and help us grow the community. We take ad revenue and put it into our "moneypot" that is divided among all Digital Journalists based on how much he or she contributes, and how much attention their articles receive. The following is an overview of how payments are calculated:
- Payments are calculated based on both likes and pageviews
- Digital Journalists will be paid more for a news article than for an opinion piece
- We offer bonuses for extra work such as on-the-ground reporting and interviews
or Code of Conduct
will have their writing privileges revoked and all unpaid earnings will be forfeited.
How do I get paid if I become a Digital Journalist?
At the beginning of the month, all Digital Journalist accounts that exceed $10 will receive email notification on how to collect payment via PayPal (if you do not have a PayPal account, you will be sent a prompt to create one) and all earnings are in U.S. dollars. Please note: At the present time we’re only issuing payments by PayPal so be sure PayPal operates in your country before you contribute. PayPal operates in most big countries around the world so you can check their site
to see if your country is on the list.
If I submit content to Digital Journal, who owns it?
My earnings went down. What gives?
Your earnings will go up and down based on how active you are on the site. If other users are more active than you, they claim more of the moneypot. Make sure you spend time to make your articles well-written and comprehensive, covering as much information as possible. You should also like and provide insightful comments on others' articles, because they will likely return the favour and check out your news. Of course, as site revenue climbs, we will make cash payouts even bigger. If your rank/earnings fluctuate a bit, don't worry — as users continue to "like" your articles by clicking the Like button, your previously written articles can boost your rank.
How can I make my story stand out in the crowd?
Be original, and don't copy and paste. Instead, quote certain paragraphs or sentences from your source and give them credit. We strongly encourage users to be proud of their own voice, and users tend to "like" articles with original content. DigitalJournal.com is a community of Digital Journalists — we're not just a news aggregator. Be opinionated, thorough and explain the news so a reader isn't forced to click the link to find out what the story is about. Links are designed for additional information only.
What else can I do to make my stories interesting and easy to find on the site?
You should also use images to illustrate your posts – upload your own or select one from our image library ( More on uploading images
). Keywords are also important because that is how someone finds your work through our search box. Be specific when you use keywords or "tags" in your article or blog. Don't use generic sentences. Use specific keywords like "Microsoft", "Presidential Race" or "climate change."
Will my work be censored?
We don't censor anyone's work. We allow all members to comment and write freely, as long as they don't break the law or personally attack another member of DigitalJournal.com in doing so. Digital Journalists must publish news, however, and should avoid generic articles that are encyclopedic in nature (check out our Editorial Guidelines for more info or tips
). In the event a user is found to be posting copyrighted works or copy+pasting large parts of articles from other sources, his or her articles will be deleted, and earnings will be revoked. That Digital Journalist will also be demoted, meaning all article-posting privileges will be revoked. We take the issue of copyrights very seriously. Also, if a member of DigitalJournal.com is found to be badgering or abusing another member of the site, we reserve the right to delete the offender’s comments and his or her account could be removed or suspended without warning.
Someone wants me to publish their news for them. Can I do that?
Unfortunately not. Digital Journal only allows Digital Journalists to publish their own work. Digital Journalists can only post news articles written by others if they collaborated on the piece together. If you have a friend, family member or co-worker who wants to publish something, tell them to create an account and publish on their blog, or sign-up as a Digital Journalist. Everyone is welcome!
What is the voting system all about?
DigitalJournal.com is a user-generated news community, so on the front page we only feature news that is important to users. The most popular articles and images appear on the front page, meaning it always reflects what users want to read, not what editors think is important. The more "Likes" an article or photo receives, the longer and quicker it will appear on the front page (More info here
Can I subscribe or unsubscribe to stories and comment threads?
Yes, you can. You can click on the "Subscribe" button in the comment feed of each article and every time someone comments on that article, you will be sent an email update. You can also subscribe to a blog, a particular writer or even a Group. We keep you in touch with content that matters to you. If you want to unsubscribe to the email updates, simply uncheck the "Subscribe" box and you will no longer receive emails. You can also subscribe to news alerts to be notified about posted articles on your favourite topic or personality (e.g. Create a news alert for “Apple,” “David Beckham” or “Superbowl.”)
Dang, I forgot my password. This always happens to me!
No need to freak out. Visit this link
, input your email address and a new temporary password will be sent to you.
Wait. I still have questions about the site. Help!
Got a question? Need advice? Feeling lonely? Still have unanswered questions or want to figure out how to do something? Check out the DigitalJournal.com Help Group