Note: If you are interested in writing on Environmental Graffiti please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (the site is currently “by invite” only). Be sure to put “applicant.com” as subject and you will be provided with a special invite link (for applicant.com readers) that will allow you access right away. To learn more about the platform please read below.
Environmental Graffiti is the first environmental site in the world to bridge the gap between social media and paid-for journalism. Through a product called the Graffiti Index*, Environmental Graffiti is able to pay users for every page view they generate. If a user writes a popular article, with 100,000 views, they can potentially earn thousands of dollars, a welcome boost in today’s economic climate. Currently the platform pays 25% of all revenue and plans to scale that upto 80% in couple months.
The new site is a hybrid that brings together all the best aspects of social media and online magazines, benchmarking the social features of Facebook, Twitter and Digg, as well combining the editorial quality of National Geographic. The platform is a content democracy: users create the articles and determine which ones hit the front page. Environmental Graffiti edit the articles to ensure a strong focus on quality control.
Features of the Environmental Graffiti community include:
- Voting: the community votes the users’ best stories to the front page
- My Graffiti: a personal dashboard and quick link to all areas of the site including a users’ articles, feedback from editors, profile, traffic and revenue they have generated
- Profiles, inboxes and followers: a way to communicate with other members of the site
- Write: where users create the articles. Also includes story ideas and an image gallery to inspire
- Forums: where users can discuss issues with others who share your interests
Chris Ingham Brooke, Founder of Environmental Graffiti says
Environmental Graffiti gives you the freedom to express yourself, share your knowledge with millions of people and crucially earn revenue. From extreme sports to bird-watching, you control and create the news, the news does not control you.
Environmental Graffiti was started in May 2007 by Chris Ingham Brooke, then just 19 years old, working from a barn in Oxfordshire, UK. Armed with nothing but its fresh and eclectic take on environmental news, it took the online world by storm, generating 1.5 million unique visitors a month. After receiving requests from over 3,000 people to write articles, the new community enables users’ voices to finally be heard.