Contests and news assignments are a great way to generate content, traffic, and revenue for your site.
The "Contest" tool allows users to upload images and/or videos related to a specific theme or event, typically sponsored by an advertiser. Users upload their items during a set submission period, and winners can be selected by (1) user voting, (2) administrator selection, or (3) random computer selection. For a purpose driven news assignment simply choose your submission start and end date and no winner selection type.
Assignments and Contests are highly customizable. Contests can have one or more rounds of finalists, and each round can have a different winner-selection method, depending on how you wish to engage your users. For example, a contest could have multiple voting rounds in which users select semifinalists, then finalists and then a winner. Or an administrator could make the initial finalist selections, then allow users to vote on the winner(s)—or vice versa. Once finalists or winners have been chosen, the contest page automatically displays them.