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Getting Started

It’s all about the visuals:

Onpublico is about what you see as opposed to what you read. Here, photos and videos are used to tell a story, not words.


Alright, so I’m the reporter. What should I report?

The awesome thing about the Onpublico is that you can report on anything that interests you. Onpublico ranges from photos of a car crash to video of a live-art performance. The community ultimately decides the newsworthiness of a story via votes and social media shares.


I like the sound of that, so how do I get started?

The good news (pun intended) is that you don’t need an account to find out what’s going on in your city or around the world. Even without an account, you can still browse and search stories. You can also vote a story up or down and share it.

However, there are two big advantages to signing up for an account. For starters, registering lets you upload your own Onpublico as well as comment on the Onpublico of others. You can also personalize your account, which allows you to track users and tags, see how your own stories are doing (shares, comments, etc…) and much more.


I signed up, so how do I start uploading Onpublico?

1. Take a photo/video of something you want to share with those in your city/the world. Remember, you decide what is Onpublico worthy, so don’t worry about whether or not your story would make the nightly news.

2. Upload your photo/video and give it a description. Remember, you only have 140 characters, so be creative when describing your Onpublico.

3. Tag it. Tags make it easier for other users to see and search for what is happening. We provide suggested tags but also encourage you to make your own. For example, if something (hopefully not someone) is on fire in downtown, you can create the tag #downtownfire to let everyone know.

4. Tell everyone where your news is happening at. You can use your current location (if the news is near you) or another location (if you are reporting news that isn’t near you).

5. Check to see that everything is as it should be: description, location, photos, etc… and then publish your Onpublico!