NewTeeVee and Metacafe Pier Screening #4: Citizen News

Citizen news web video on a summer evening

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           Photos from previous Pier Screenings by James Yu

The NewTeeVee and Metacafe Pier Screenings summer series is a live extension of, showcasing online video technology and content in an outdoor movie screening format. Community-chosen selections of the best web videos from the Pier Screenings website will be projected on a large screen on an outdoor pier in San Francisco. This will be our last San Francisco summer event but look for us in New York City next month!


This month9s theme is citizen news. What does that mean? Any non-fiction, short-form video you9ve created that tells a story about something out there in the universe.

Could be a documentary, could be a news spot, could be an interview, could be a cellphone-cam clip of an important event. Please keep it under five minutes and make sure you own the rights. We9re looking for compelling videos that showcase a unique perspective or analysis.


Our three speakers will be debating the role of citizen video in the news.

  • Sue Kwon, Technology and Business Reporter, CBS 5 Eyewitness News
  • Josh Wolf, Videoblogger
  • Andrew Fitzgerald, Journalism Editor, Current TV


  • Kara Swisher, Wall Street Journal9s AllThingsD
  • Michael Ferris Gibson, Producer/Director 24 Hours on Craigslist and other documentaries 
  • JD Lasica, Various citizen journalism projects



We’ll be judging the videos this month based on number of views, votes cast, and stars received on the NewTeeVee Pier Screenings site. So how do you submit? Upload your original video to the Pier Screenings site (directions here). The top six videos will be shown at the live event on August 29 on a large 16-foot outdoor screen at a pier in San Francisco. The live audience at the event will choose the top three winners for the night. 

The submission process is rolling, so submit early to increase the possibility of people seeing, liking, and starring your video. To sweeten the deal, our platinum sponsor,, will mail out promo packs for first 30 videos submitted. The packs include a webcam for you to create more citizen news videos and two t-shirts. 

The six videos shown at the event are chosen from those submitted to Pier Screenings website. Visit the Current Screening section and assign each video you watch however many stars you think it deserves. The videos with the highest substantial number of ratings will be shown. 


Metacafe Prize for Best Audience-Voted Video 

Metacafe rewards creators of entertaining video with its industry-leading Producer Rewards program. Metacafe will promote the top three audience winners from the live event on its front page. This will help content creators get exposure as well as some dough – you can expect big page views from getting featured, and the company pays $5 for every 1,000 views.

NewTeeVee has set up a Pier Screenings website to determine the six videos that will be in the running for the Metacafe prize. The live audience at the event will choose the top three winners for the night. The first-place winner will receive 7 days of in the promotional rotation on the Metacafe front page, the second-place winner will receive 4 days, and the third-place winner one day.

Fabrik9s SimpleDrives

We’re excited to announce some additional prizes for the top three Pier Screenings live audience winners. Fabrik is an innovative storage, memory and content management solutions company, and they’ve pitched in some prizes that every content producer always needs more of – storage. Another cool factoid is that all of Fabrik’s SimpleDrives are designed by the renowned Ferrari design house, Pininfarina.

  • 1st  Prize - SimpleTech SimpleDrive, 1TB External Storage and Backup Solution
  • 2nd Prize - SimpleTech SimpleDrive, 500GB External Storage and Backup Solution
  • 3rd Prize - SimpleTech SimpleDrive, 250GB Portable External Storage and Backup Solution

Refreshments will include beer and movie theater fare. (Think popcorn and candy.)

In the spirit of an outdoor screening, remember to bring a blanket to sit on and warm clothing. It can get cold near the bay! 

A big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!




Silver:      Orrick


Additional Sponsors 

If you are interested in sponsoring the Pier Screenings, please contact Joanne Wan at  

If you have questions please contact  

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NewTeeVee Pier Screening Ticket Ended Free

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