A Field Trial on Mobile Crowdsourcing of News Content Factors Influencing Participation

  • Heli Väätäjä
  • Esa Sirkkunen
  • Mari Ahvenainen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8119)


We conducted a five-week field trial on mobile crowdsourcing of hyperlocal news content to 1) understand the readers’ experiences and 2) explore factors affecting their participation. In the end of the study the participants were surveyed with an online questionnaire (17/104 respondents) and five participants were interviewed. Although respondents and interviewees were enthusiastic about the trial, the activity in the trial was low. Results indicate that participant characteristics (age, gender, participation motivations and hobbyist background in photography) and task characteristics in terms of the subjectively perceived task significance (possible impact on important issues in the environment or on community), task relevance (related to the background and participation motivation), and task engagingness have an effect on the participation. In addition, participation was influenced by the estimated needed effort vs. the expected benefit (monetary benefit or having a possibility to influence), vicinity to the assignment location, enjoyment of the activity, and the monetary reward. To plan and manage the crowdsourcing activity the news publishers need information about the characteristics of the participants, participation patterns and motivations that could be provided by the crowdsourcing platform.


Crowdsourcing user-generated content hyperlocal news motivation location mobile ubiquitous reader photo Scoopshot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heli Väätäjä
    • 1
  • Esa Sirkkunen
    • 2
  • Mari Ahvenainen
    • 1
  1. 1.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland
  2. 2.University of TampereTampereFinland

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