How a Large Media Conglomerate Powers Content Production

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Challenges

  • How to quickly onboard and manage a freelance producer network

  • How to pay freelancers all over the world

  • How to hire freelance video producers in remote locations across the planet

  • How to iterate faster on new content channels, verticals, and themes

  • How to scale while maintaining stylistic consistency

Details

At the end of 2014, Al Jazeera Media Networks, one of the world’s largest broadcast TV news networks, launched AJ+ with a vision to build a global digital video operation from the ground

They needed to launch with a fair amount of content and maintain an aggressive production schedule. With the help of Storyhunter, they recruited a top notch freelance network and streamlined their global freelancer payments.

Soon, AJ+ moved all freelancer productions to Storyhunter, and over 8 new units in the company began using Storyhunter as their freelancer management system, including Spanish-, French- and Arabic-Language channels. AJ+ is now one of the most viewed Facebook news channels on the planet.

The question is no longer who you have on the ground, it’s what do you want to cover.

Geoffrey Dietrich, Senior Producer, AJ+

Selected videos

Short Documentaries

AJ Shorts: To Return a King

Elijah Atinkpo lost almost everything when Nigerian authorities razed his waterfront community in Lagos. Now he’s working to empower and achieve justice for the 30,000 evictees of Otodo Gbame. Join Nigeria Speaks for more.

Posted by Al Jazeera English on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Catching light in Italy

My name is Kurt Moser, I'm the Lightcatcher.

Posted by Al Jazeera English on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Facebook News Videos

Drought Hack: Lawn Painting

Drought Hack: Lawn Painting

Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Songs of Horrors

This singer leaves his audience in tears every time he sings of the horrors that Rohingya Muslims have endured.

Posted by AJ+ on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Facebook Watch Shows

Voters Of Brazil's Trump

Why are minority voters supporting 'the Trump of Brazil'?

Posted by AJ+ on Friday, October 26, 2018

قهوة الصلاة على النبي

" المقابل يصلوا عالنبي .. بس"ما قصة رزاد وعلاقته بالقهوة؟#قصة_إنسان

Posted by ‎عربي +AJ‎ on Thursday, June 13, 2019

360 Documentaries

(2019 News & Doc Emmy Nominee – Outstanding New Approaches: Current News)

Podcasts

Is it worth it to be a dead hero?

"I always live with the sense that there's something scary out there." The first full episode of Closer Than They Appear is coming Wednesday, Nov. 15. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen: http://ajplus.co/subscribe_closershow5

Posted by Closer Than They Appear on Friday, November 10, 2017

Is this worth it?

In Episode 5, Carvell talks to Van Jones and Rabia Chaudry about love and power. #CloserShow is a watchable podcast – listen here or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. http://ajplus.co/IsItWorthIt

Posted by Closer Than They Appear on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weekly Magazine Shows

Mobile Livestreaming

LIVE: Street Art and Gentrification in Miami

Street artist David Anasagasti, aka Ahol Sniffs Glue, talks about gentrification in Miami.

Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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