Agence France-Presse (AFP) takes shareholding in Scooplive

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Scooplive, a company founded in 2006 by Matthieu Stefani, Julien Robert and Philippe Checinski, gives individuals the opportunity to sell their pictures and videos on current news, in return for a small commission. The company now takes a step forward and becomes CITIZENSIDE (www.citizenside.com ), a site which enables the media to use the platform that has been developed for two years as a white label. The media will thus be able to cultivate nearness and interaction with their readers or audience, and to obtain from them news documents to complement their own or agencies production.

Committed to its clients, the media, news agency AFP aims at helping them to develop a privileged relationship with their readers or audience, and to obtain from the public valuable news by holding the platform CITIZENSIDE at their disposal.

For Pierre Louette, President of AFP, "it gives us the opportunity to conduct an experience in the world of the web 2.0, mainly for the benefit of our clients; we intend to offer them the possibility to use the technological platform under their own brand."

With contributors from around 90 countries, citizenside.com is a site pursuing strategic aims: acceleration of its international development, widening of its community, increase of the documents received and of the number of partnerships with the press, TV, web and mobile media.

CITIZENSIDE wants to emerge as a global leader of qualified participative information by developing a favoured relationship between amateur and professional media.

"It’s a great opportunity for us to work with AFP, one of the global news leaders. CITIZENSIDE will capitalize on its founders and new partners experience to create a link between two worlds: professional journalism and amateur reporting. We will thus be able to offer good quality documents in real time," says Matthieu Stefani, a founder of Scooplive.

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AFP, the first news agency in the world, was created in 1835 by Charles-Louis Havas, its current president being Pierre Louette. Today, it operates in 165 countries and has over 4’000 employees and 7’000 clients.

CITIZENSIDE (www.citizenside.com ), launched as Scooplive is a pioneer in citizen reporting. Launched on June 20th, 2006, by Julien Robert, Philippe Checinski and Matthieu Stefani, Scooplive enables amateurs and professionals to sell their news documents (events, celebrities, sports, etc.) to the media worldwide.

Xavier Gouyou Beauchamps is a former adviser of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and was chief of the press department at the Élysée Palace from 1974 to 1976. He is also a former president of Sofirad, Télédiffusion de France (TDF) and Sofipost. He was the CEO of France 3 from 1994 to 1996 and then chairman of France Télévision from 1996 to 1999.

Pascal Josephe is the chairman of IMCA, International Media Consultant Associés, a company specializing in consultancy in the world of communications and media that he founded in 1994; prior to this, he was in charge of different TV channels programs.

Philippe Checinski is a former trader at Refco Trading Services. He was also in charge of marketing studies at Banque Bipop.

Julien Robert graduated as an engineer (SUPINFO Paris) and obtained a Master in Web Technologies (Oxford Brookes University) with distinction. He also received the B.O.C.C. award for developing the W3C (World Wild Web Consortium), an application dedicated to the research regarding daltonism.

Matthieu Stefani Stefani is one of the pioneers of free daily newspapers in France. He worked from 2001 to 2005 for Metro France and Metro International. He is also a founder of Stobacco (www.stobacco.com ), a community site helping its members who want to quit smoking.

Contact: http://www.citizenside.com/User/contact_us.aspx?lan=en
Matthieu Stefani : +33 1 711 811 44
Philippe Checinski : +33 1 711 811 62

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