“Tidbit” is Italy’s first marketplace of information, to match supply and demand of editorial contents. News reports, images, in-depth analysis, interviews, videos and radio reports showcased and made available to news media. And the other way round: if a publisher wants some specific content, he can subscribe to the service and make a request in what is a sort of large virtual editorial team. This idea came to a young journalist and three of her senior female colleagues, after seeing experiences in Australia and the UK. The idea is to increase opportunities for journalists that are not employed directly by news media or do not collaborate regularly with them. It is an e-commerce system that is also open to foreign journalists and to foreign-language contents. “Tidbit” is a platform that seeks to unhinge the closed doors of the world of information. It is a way of gaining access to this world even without having direct contacts, and even if one lives a long way from the major cities. It might also be a way of ensuring that journalists receive decent pay for the work they do. The site gives the rates for fair pay, inviting clients not to go below the minimum levels. Here, it is the author of the article that sets the price. The contents that appear most often refer to in-depth investigations and local stories, often those neglected due to the frenzy of the news world. But there is also room for scientific journalism and for subjects such as health, technology and science, which are becoming more and more relevant in the press. The project won the regional call for cultural and creative startups, and has been approved and supported by journalists’ trade unions FNSI (Italian National Press Federation) and FIEG (Italian Newspaper Publishers Federation).
The story has been written by Caterina Grignani, writer.
A platform connecting journalists and editors. To create a large, fairly paid virtual editorial team.