June 19, 2015

Eyewitness video on YouTube: your window to the world

With more than 5 million hours of news video watched on YouTube every day, eyewitness accounts have never been more vital to the newsgathering process. Yesterday, YouTube announced three new major initiatives to boost the discovery and verification of eyewitness news video on YouTube. The YouTube Newswire will provide a curated feed of news and eyewitness video around major events. The First Draft Coalition will create resources to help verify eyewitness accounts before incorporating them into news reporting, creating case studies and ethics training around the biggest news stories of the moment. Finally, the WITNESS Media Lab will produce projects that focus on human rights struggles, as seen from the perspective of those who experience them. 

YouTube is about a lot more than cat videos these days

Topics: Digital Ecosystems, Crowdsourcing