Helium Marketplace Officially Afloat

Andover, MA-based citizen journalism site Helium officially launched a crowdsourcing service called Helium Marketplace today. Using the marketplace, publishers who need articles written can list subjects, deadlines, and prices, and writers can respond by uploading drafts. The user community rates the articles, and publishers select the ones they want from a rank-ordered list, with Helium taking a 20 percent cut of the payment. Helium was founded in 2006 and the marketplace has been in a beta-testing phase since last year.

Wade Roush is the producer and host of the podcast Soonish and a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @soonishpodcast

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