On Sept. 2, Stephen Bell watched from his U.K. office window as a black Mazda crashed into a cluster of cars parked below. Then he snapped a photo of the wreckage and sent it to Scoopt.com. Soon, Bell's pic was in the local Bristol Evening Post--and he was $44 richer. Meet the new paparazzo: you. "When news happens, the press won't always be there," says Kyle MacRae, who launched Scoopt this summer to solicit and sell shots from the cameraphone-carrying public. Now MacRae's model is spreading to the states: Cell Journalist debuted last week, and former Novell boss Tom Quinn will introduce the eBay-esque Spy Media on Oct. 3. But Scoopt has sold only three photos to date. The reason? Few editors are eager to reward amateur voyeurism, especially when they get plenty of pics free of charge. "People simply want to join our newsgathering process," says the BBC's Pete Clifton. For Quinn, though, it's only a matter of time. "When people find out they can cash in, they'll come to us," he says. "It's the American way." Brangelina beware.
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