Quickstart membership guide

What is WinkBall?

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WinkBall is a reporter network that specialises in producing commissioned and sponsored video reports, paid for by businesses and brands nationwide.

Video reports are distributed via the WinkBall Newswire, social media, publishers and TV companies.

Trained to capture the essential user experience of any event, business or service, our reporters create inspired reports that speak directly to an audience with intellect and passion.

Bringing a journalistic mindset to the world of online video, our reporters reflect life in all its colour, from the local to global, from the village fete to the World Cup.

Our members

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Coming from all parts of the media industry, WinkBall members are Reporters, Videographers, Editors and Producers.

WinkBall provides its members with an online community hub where they can propose new video reports, project-manage commissioned reports and upload to the WinkBall Newswire.

WinkBall also provides its members with the necessary equipment and support needed to complete any task, with promotional material, basic training films and a weekly TV channel, aimed at informing and educating our members in every aspect of the media industry. 

How it works

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WinkBall members are given the freedom to find and to propose stories for video reports they wish to cover.

These proposals are broadcast as potential commissions and sponsorship opportunities.

Potential sponsors and publishers are able to access proposed coverage as well as directly commission stories via WinkBall.com.

Members then engage with potential businesses to secure commissions and sponsorship for their proposed reports.

WinkBall’s sales team will also be seeking sponsors and commissioned events to cover on behalf of its members.

WinkBall members are encouraged to participate in the full production cycle, including seeking arrangements for shooting events, arranging interviews, seeking commissions and sponsors for work.

Once commissioned or sponsored, members select a crew from the WinkBall community hub to carry out reporting, filming and editing of video reports.

WinkBall's specialist video report production software enables members to create professional-looking, high quality, branded video reports.

Completed video reports are then distributed via the WinkBall newswire, social media and to all relevant clients.

Careers & showcases

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A great place to showcase work.

WinkBall provides an ideal opportunity to gain real working experience and to create a personal profile and show-reel. Being a WinkBall member is a great opportunity to showcase your work and skills to the media industry.

Many reporters and videographers have started successful careers at WinkBall.

Members of WinkBall will be able to access a weekly program that will be offering training and ‘ trade tips ‘, Which will help those who want to improve and widen their skill sets.

Some of the media industry's finest names will be sharing their experience and expertise exclusively on the members channel directly from our London studios.

All video reports filed at WinkBall will be shared on the newswire service and shared nationwide. This is an ideal way for members to gain a profile as their work will be fed to some of the country's leading publishers and may eventually be published under these titles.

A membership at WinkBall is an ideal way to kickstart a career in the media industry and to build a great CV.

Distribution

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Members' video reports are distributed via the WinkBall Newswire and a broad array of social media.

Using the WinkBall Newswire, potential sponsors can sponsor proposed video reports and publishers can download video reports branded for their publications.

This service offers publishers “Free to Air” video reports that can be branded for each publication to be used on their websites, TV channels and social media.

When downloading, publishers can add their own logos, branding and broadcast bugs.

Payments

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Members price their own video reports when creating their event proposal.

All members are encouraged to act as Sponsorship Finders to find their own sponsorship or commission and will all be presented with sales orientated training, in the form of training films and online material. If this is achieved, the member will be eligible for the 25% Sponsorship Finder cut.

Payment to members working on a video report is calculated as follows:

  • Reporter 25%
  • Videographer 25%
  • Editor 25%
  • Sponsorship Finder 25 %

A 25% administration fee is charged by WinkBall on all reports.

How do i join?

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To become a member, fill out the join form on WinkBall.com/apply telling us why you would like to join the WinkBall video reporter network and your experience to date.

Once approved you will be sent a link to the WinkBall community hub registration page.  Here you can sign up, pay your membership fees, purchase reporters kits, sponsorship marketing packages and merchandise.

Once signed up you will receive full access to the WinkBall community hub and can start WinkBall Reporting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I work for WinkBall? No, you are a member of the WinkBall video reporter network.

How do I find sponsors for my reports? We provide you with bespoke training and support to help you find sponsors. We also have specialist sponsorship finders who can find sponsors for you.

When and how do I get paid? You get paid monthly, providing we have received payment for your reports.

Do I have to wear WinkBall branded clothing? No, it is not compulsory but we do advise it. WinkBall branded clothes identify you as being part of a worldwide network of reporters and makes you look professional.

We also advise you to wear your WinkBall Press Pass when reporting to ensure you’re identified as a reporter by members of the public, event organisers and their staff. The WinkBall branded microphone must be clearly visible in every interview you conduct.

Can I make video reports for anyone else? Yes, you are only a member of WinkBall and are free to work for whoever you like outside of WinkBall.

Can I leave WinkBall at any time? Yes, your WinkBall membership is a rolling month to month membership. You can leave WinkBall with one months notice.

Contacting WinkBall

Joining: join@winkball.com

Editorial: editorial@winkball.com

Sales: sales@winkball.com

Members Hub/RIPS/Newswire Service: dev@winkball.com

Other: support@winkball.com

Unit 8F - Hewlett House - Havelock Terrace - London - SW8 4AS

Tel: +44(0)20 7819 9451