The initiative has been launched by WinkBall, an online platform which allows journalists to file reports and broadcasts, and also offers a service allowing other organisations to hire its network of reporters to cover events for them.
WinkBall has launched a new membership scheme and is now urging journalists to join with the hope they will be able to build up their own network of clients and customers through the site.
The scheme is the brainchild of Dr James Ohene-Djan, left, who lectures in the department of computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and entrepreneur Duncan Barclay.
Dr Ohene-Djan said: “In an ever changing digital world, we wanted to create a solution to the decline in regional news as well as breathe life into on the ground reporting in the UK and globally.
“We are passionate about news and – especially – championing community stories. Media can be a tricky industry to get into and we want to use our skills to support those aspiring to a career in their chosen field.
“We believe WinkBall to be the modern day answer to real, relevant news reporting today.”