Contributor FAQ

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Go to https://paydesk.co/signup and fill in the fields - the more fields you fill the better your profile.
Fill in the field, respond to the email - check your spam
Make sure you add your cell/mobile number in the field, use + rather than international dialing digits, your correct country code and if appropriate drop the 0 at the front of your number.
Click profile, top right and edit your profile - the better your profile, the more chance you have of being hired.
Click add picture, browse for the file. A good picture is key. You don’t have to be a stuffed shirt, but professional would be better than joker :-)
Click to select from the drop down menu, hold down control on PC and cmd on mac to select multiple - there is no limit to how many you select. We would suggest you are careful and really only select those you can do
Click stories and click add story
We aim to pay in the early part of the month following the work, sometimes sooner. As long as your bank details are up-to-date in the system and the amount is over 60 GBP (100 USD approx). This is because with lower payments the bank is the only winner. If you would like to be paid regardless, just let us know, otherwise we’ll wait till the payment builds up or 3 months passes, whichever comes first.
All profile pictures must be legitimate pictures of yourself. Sorry but if you can’t comply with that, we can’t add you.
Nothing. The commission is added onto the fee the client offers you. What you see is what you get, the only thing we can’t control is exchange rates or your bank charges.

We can pay into any bank account in the world in any currency - even PayPal.

Payment happens early in the month following the work, unless your bank details are wrong. 

Also - we suggest if the amount is less than 60GBP or 100USD we wait till the amount goes over that or 3 months passes - whichever is sooner - otherwise it’s really only the bank that wins and nobody wants that.

Broadcaster and Publisher FAQ

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Go to https://paydesk.co/register and fill in the fields. We’ll be in touch, but in general terms, you can message other users and hire them. We require you enter your credit card details so we can hold funds in escrow, till you confirm the job is done. Only at that point will we take the agreed funds and make the payment. PayDesk adds 25% to each booking.

We’re happy to talk about bringing that commission down based on usage and also remove the credit card requirement for corporate users.
Go to https://paydesk.co/register and fill in the fields. We’ll be in touch, but in general terms, you can message other users and hire them. We require you enter your credit card details so we can hold funds in escrow, till you confirm the job is done. Only at that point will we take the agreed funds and make the payment. PayDesk adds 25% to each booking.

We’re happy to talk about bringing that commission down based on usage and also remove the credit card requirement for corporate users.
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Search, then click ‘book’, fill in the fields, you can only add 140 characters to the description box - keep it brief, you can arrange the details prior to sending this booking form, within messaging. We encourage all users requesting work and users looking for work to use this form as it acts as a guarantee. You can cancel this form at any point by mutual agreement.
Search, choose and click the check boxes down the list and fill out the form as you would when making a booking. You can then choose who does the work, the others will get a message telling them they haven't been successful this time and the booking will change from an ‘open post’.
Before anybody has confirmed you can cancel the job - just click 'more actions' and 'cancel'
Once the work has been completed, please click the green tick - this means we can release payment

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The default commision is 25% - we are a professional service - it costs to deliver. But clearly 25% is too much if the job is anything more than a couple of days work - so contact us and we’ll come up with a structure that works.

We also pay the journalists on your behalf - quite possibly faster and more efficiently than your accounts department - that’s what keeps us in the picture and why we have the best professional network in the sector.

Contract and other clients are based on fixed rates, with much lower commissions. There is no, one size fits all in this business. We’ve been doing it longer than anybody else, so talk to us.

General Questions Answered

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Yes we’re a platform, but we’re humans and we’re here, we’ll try and be as transparent and helpful as possible, we live or die by that mantra. But we expect you to be honest as well - if you’re not, we’ll find out etc… So searching for a reporter, fixer, camera crew, journalist or whatever on PayDesk, then cutting us out is just like shoplifting, it’s dishonest, nasty, pathetic and cheap...you do it at your peril, but remember, you are just a common thief.
Click the send a message button under the picture in each users profile
Click the envelope icon - once logged in, top right on the home page
You, the commissioner, set the price, but if it’s too low we’d suggest it’s rejected by the contributor
PayDesk adds a commission when a company requests a job - it's shown on the commissioners booking page, what a contributor sees is what they receive
Yes, PayDesk will search, talk to, check references and try and find out as much information as possible about each user. We withhold the right to delete users, but we are also not responsible for information users post about themselves. If you find anything on any page that you know not to be true, please let us know
Go to https://paydesk.co/forgot and follow the instructions
Login, click your 'my profile button on the right', click the 'phone icon', click the red 'add new phone' button - follow the verify instructions, you'll get a text message to the new mobile/cell - then click the tick to make that new number default.
REMEMBER
You have to add in a mobile/cell or we can't message you.
If it's not changing - you are adding the new number in wrong - make sure you add a plus, the country code and your number - no spaces etc...instructions are there

VOA Assignments Descriptions

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No less than 8 original photos with captions, context, date and location of shoot. The collection of photos must tell a story visually or illustrate a theme.
30-seconds of footage used in a web video. The footage can consist of B-roll, a sequence or a soundbite. Must also submit WVID template with transcription of graphics, soundbites. This includes FTPing the footage to VOA.
Produced integrated visual package for the web, mobile and social media use about an issue, event, or newsmaker – sometimes related to another, longer story on VOA news platforms. Elements include moving or still images, audio, text and/or narration to tell a compelling story in a short digitally optimized fashion.  Typically last no more than 1 or 2 minutes. Produced integrated visual package for the web, mobile and social media use about an issue, event, or newsmaker – sometimes related to another, longer story on VOA news platforms. Elements include moving or still images, audio, text and/or narration to tell a compelling story in a short digitally optimized fashion.  Typically last no more than 1 or 2 minutes.
Video reporting from a news event, and/or the reporter interviewing people on scene, and/or the reporter answering questions with a host about an issue or event.  The segment will be done via social media platforms which may include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or others, as assigned.  SHORT segment typically lasts up to 10 minutes.
Hosting and engaging audiences in conversation using social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or other chat applications.  This could include sending out questions or setting up discussion topics, moderating “roundtable” style discussion, and/or open Q&A to encourage audience interaction.  All conversations will be guided by VOA editors and comply with VOA standards and requirements.
Video reporting live from a news event, and/or the reporter interviewing people live on scene, and/or the reporter answering questions with a host about an issue or event.  The segment will be done via social media platforms which may include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or others, as assigned.  MEDIUM segments 10 to 30 minutes.
Video reporting live from a news event, and/or the reporter interviewing people live on scene, and/or the reporter answering questions with a host about an issue or event.  The segment will be done via social media platforms which may include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or others, as assigned.  LONG segments 30 to 60 minutes.
A single photo used on the VOA web site.
Contextual or analytical stories 300 – 700 words in length. Preferably with hard news leades. Attach audio/video when available
Breaking or commodity news and updates; under 400 words, attach audio/video when available.
A radio report 2 – 5 minutes in length, with an anchor intro, and preferably two or more actualities from different people for context and balance and natural sound. Accompanying web version filed. Web version adjusts syntax, structure and language as needed for a web audience.
Oversees all aspects of production on a television studio production.  Line producer is responsible for creating the rundown and assuring that all video, script, timing and graphic materials are in place to deliver a professional production.  Productions may include both studio and remote locations. Mastery of Dalet Plus is a must, as are thorough knowledge of television production techniques and good communication skills.
Conceptualizes, investigates and prepares stories for television broadcast to an African audience. Sets up interviews, uses news feeds, videotapes all original material and edits video to produce television reports meeting VOA production standards.  Setups and operates digital television cameras, lighting equipment, lavalier and handheld microphones and other related production equipment.  Report on location at the scene of a story and/or from the television studio. Must be experienced with Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro and have a thorough knowledge of video storytelling techniques.
Assembles recorded raw material into a finished product that meets broadcast standards and VOA requirements. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, music, voice-over tracks, graphics and special effects. Must be experienced with Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro and have a thorough knowledge of video storytelling techniques. Collaborates with TV producers to craft TV stories under deadline pressure.  A creative mindset and good communication skills are also necessities.
Can act as producer, guide, driver, translator, advisor, and overall helper for journalists traveling to the area.  Producer/Fixer will typically greet visiting journalists on arrival at the airport, assist with customs clearance, local lodging and transportation, and assist in making appointments for interviews with a variety of officials or newsmakers.  Producer/Fixer will also help guide the story, providing background, researching elements, and helping to gather audio or video content as needed.
Can act as guide, driver, translator, advisor, and overall helper for journalists traveling to the area.  Fixer will typically greet visiting journalists on arrival at the airport, assist with customs clearance, local lodging and transportation, and assist in making appointments for interviews with a variety of officials or newsmakers.
Cameraperson will have all necessary equipment, including camera, lenses, microphones, lighting, tripod, cables, etc, to shoot and deliver broadcast-quality video and audio from a location and/or event as assigned.  Takes instruction from the assigning producer about what shots, topics, and styles are desired. All materials will be delivered electronically. Length of assignment is between 4-6 hours.
Cameraperson will have all necessary equipment, including camera, lenses, microphones, lighting, tripod, cables, etc, to shoot and deliver broadcast-quality video and audio from a location and/or event as assigned.  Takes instruction from the assigning producer about what shots, topics, and styles are desired. All materials will be deliver Length of assignment is between 8-12 hours electronically.
Segment crafted from video and/or audio, edited together, and with a host voiceover or host standup. Typically lasts from 2-5 minutes.
Edited video and audio covering news or any other location-driven event, to show what is happening on the scene.  Wide, medium and close-up shots must be included, to tell the story effectively to a television audience. Can include interviews with people on the street or newsmakers.
Reporter asks the same one question of five different individuals, to get a sampling of opinion on a pertinent topic as assigned. Answers should be brief and concise, and ideally not exceed 30 seconds.  Each answer should be clear and intelligible and recorded with a handheld microphone or lavalier mic for clear audio.  Scripts should clearly indicate name of each person giving a sound bite.  English transcription should be provided, regardless of what language the original sound bites are in.
Stringer conducts on-camera interview with newsmaker.  Interview must be able to run as a whole segment.  Typically runs 1 to 4 minutes depending upon subject and newsworthiness.  Final product will include establishing shots, cutaways and sound bites from the interview.  Two-camera interview will include reporter reactions and over-the-shoulder shots, as well as wide shots showing the reporter and interviewee together.
Stringer conducts on-camera interview with newsmaker.  Interview must be able to run as a whole segment.  Typically runs 1 to 4 minutes depending upon subject and newsworthiness.  Final product will include establishing shots, cutaways and sound bites from the interview.
Between 30 seconds and two minutes of pre-recorded on-camera reporting from a scene, normally when a remote is not possible.  Typically includes reporter’s summary of the news with him/her on camera.  Can include on-camera sign-on and sign-off with the host of the program, as warranted.
This can include a live or pre-recorded appearance on a VOA or VOA affiliate program or a “reporter on scene report.”  Photo of stringer is required.
Report/shoot/write script/produce and edit video to VOA production standards.  This includes research, shooting video of news events, conduct interview(s), write script(s) approved by the requesting office and video edit the story following VOA News television standards.  The contractor shall provide a script, including details of news sources.   The contractor shall collaborate in preparation of video pieces for editing and adaptation for radio when suitable.  The Contractor’s complete TV packages may consist of any or all of the following:  two to four minutes of transcribed sound bites if required, and photographic images when requested by the editor.  Reports can include more difficult reporting requirements and subject matter, more source interviews, exclusive material, additional video, and/or other elements.
Report/shoot/write script/produce and edit video to VOA production standards. This includes research, shooting video, conducting interview(s), writing script(s) approved by the requesting office and video editing the story following VOA News television standards.  The contractor shall provide a script, including details of news sources.   The contractor shall collaborate in preparation of video pieces for editing and posting on the Internet or adaptation for radio when suitable.  The Contractor’s complete TV packages may consist of any or all of the following:  two to seven minutes of transcribed sound bites if required, and photographic images when requested by the editor.
Report/shoot/write script and upload footage to VOA producer for video editing. This includes research, shooting video, conducting interview(s), writing script(s) approved by the requesting office and following VOA News television standards.  The contractor shall provide a script, including details of news sources.   The contractor shall collaborate in preparation of video pieces for editing and posting on the Internet or adaptation for radio when suitable.  The Contractor’s unproduced TV packages may consist of any or all of the following:  two to seven minutes of transcribed sound bites if required, and photographic images when requested by the editor.  This includes “FTPing” material to Washington.
Voiceover translation for interviews that are used in Radio CRs, or that constitute substantial standalone interviews.
Audio hosting or co-hosting for live or pre-recorded broadcast program.
Segment crafted from audio, edited together, and with a host voiceover. Typically lasts from 2-5 minutes.
2 – 5 minutes in length, with an anchor intro, and preferably two or more actualities from different people for context and balance and natural sound. Reports can include more difficult reporting requirements and subject matter, more source interviews, additional audio, and/or other elements. Report provides expert analysis, explanation, and context on a complicated issue or long-running story.
2 – 5 minutes in length, with an anchor intro, and preferably two or more actualities from different people for context and balance and natural sound. Reports can include more difficult reporting requirements and subject matter, more source interviews, additional audio, and/or other elements.
2 – 5 minutes in length, with an anchor intro, and preferably two or more actualities from different people for context and balance and natural sound.
This can include a live or pre-recorded interview for a VOA or VOA affiliate program or a “reporter on scene report.”
Reporter will be given five questions, on a variety of topics.  For each question, reporter will gather answers from several different people.  Answers should be brief and concise, and ideally not exceed 30 seconds.  Each answer should be clear and intelligible and recorded with a handheld microphone for clear audio.
Reporter asks the same one question of several different individuals, to get a sampling of opinion on a pertinent topic as assigned. Answers should be brief and concise, and ideally not exceed 30 seconds.  Each answer should be clear and intelligible and recorded with a handheld microphone for clear audio.
Soundbite contributed to another story.
This can be a verbal or written advisory of a news event. May be used as a component in the overall coverage of a news story.
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