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VIDEO Review: Find Urban Blight With Free ‘CitySourced’ App



App: CitySourced
Seller: CitySourced, Inc
Android: Free in Google Play
BlackBerry: Free in Blackberry World
iOS: Free in iTunes for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Windows: Free for Windows Phone
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Extremely helpful for reporters looking to do stories on urban blight.


The smartphone version does not include a social networking component (but the website does).

About The App

Easily search and pinpoint civic issues with the free ‘CitySourced’ app. It’s especially useful for investigative and general assignment reporters and photographers doing stories on urban blight.

Posted November 19, 2013 by

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When it’s time to do a story on potholes, graffiti, or even broken parking meters, it seems those things are no where to be found. Instead of driving around aimlessly trying to figure out where you last saw that horrendous pothole, search ‘CitySourced’ instead.

Watch the Journalist Apps Video Tutorial on the Free ‘CitySourced’ App

The app is designed for citizens to report civic issues to City Hall by simply taking a picture of the offending item, categorizing the report, and including a short note about it. The app sends it along to the appropriate city department. Often times, it’s the city’s 311 service.

Journalists can use the app to search these reports via address or GPS location. Most reports include a picture, date created, location, and status update.

Here are some of the types of reports the app features:

  • Abandoned (bicycle, shopping cart, vehicle)
  • Animal Services (biting, deceased, pest control)
  • Bulky item pick up
  • Flooding in Street
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Homeless Encampment
  • Illegal Dumping/Trash
  • Building Code Enforcement
  • Parking Illegally
  • Parking Meter
  • Overgrown or Dangerous Trees and Plants
  • Potholes
  • Broken or Cracking Sidewalks
  • Street Lights
  • Trash Removal
  • Water Leak

Lindsey Mastis is the founder and host of Journalist Apps. She is also a National Correspondent for Feature Story News, based in Los Angeles. In 2013, she traveled to India as a “New Media” fellow with the International Reporting Project. In 2012, she traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to teach journalists about social networking and TV news. In 2009, she became one of the first “digital correspondents” hired to report, shoot, edit for WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

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    Awesome post about our mobile 311 solution, thanks!


    This was so useful. I loved the step by step instructions and the fact I can watch it again if I can’t maneuver it all the way through.

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