It stood to reason that someone would eventually find a market model to glean user-generated content and convert it into publishable paid material. Along has come Helium, a service that permits its users to review submitted content and select stories that are publishable.
There are plenty of hurdles: the quality of the material, the advisability of publishing material from a source when there is any legal sensitivity, and the timeliness of the content. But we'll leave the jury out for the time being and have a look at the results. To date only a small paper in Springfield, Ill., has signed on, but others are bound to try.