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.