Thanks so much for reaching out and for asking.
We’ve heard from a few newsrooms that this kind of functionality would be useful; however, right now, our resources are focused on developing Talk, so we’d need someone to commit developer resources to helping add this functionality. (Plug: we’re an open source project, all contributions very welcome!)
One group did talk about the idea of using SoundCloud’s API to allow submission and then playback of audio, though to date that hasn’t been developed.
A few things that will need to be taken into account:
• Dealing with malware (we have a blogpost about this)
• Creating a moderation interface to manage images - Ask’s current UI isn’t optimized for image/video management. The Guardian’s open-sourced Grid system might be a good starting point
• Hosting costs for large submissions
• Automated resizing / cropping of large images
Right now, I’ve seen newsrooms use platforms such as Flickr, Instagram, an email address, an SMS number and others to collect images. Some form platforms do offer this as well; I don’t have any particular recommendation for one over another, but perhaps others in the community do.
Let us know if you’re interested in helping us add that capability, and let us know how any call outs go!