YouTube embraces citizen journalism


By David Chartier | Published: May 20, 2008 – 10:06PM CT

Elbowing aside the media elite, YouTube wants to grab a seat at the anchor desk with a new channel dubbed “Citizen News.” Harnessing the advantages of the burgeoning citizen journalism movement, YouTube aims to aggregate and capitalize on newsworthy content produced by an increasingly well-equipped user base. An official YouTube channel will give the world’s John and Jane Does a bigger spotlight with which to illuminate stories not picked up by mainstream media, but big spotlights are hot; will YouTube be burned by linking its brand with citizen news?

Announced on YouTube’s blog, Citizen News was inspired by all the news reporting, interviews, weekly reports, and untold story investigations already being posted across the site. YouTube wants to see more, though, as its stated goal is to become “a go-to destination for news on the web.” Olivia, YouTube’s News Manager, is asking for feedback from users and citizen journalists already active on the site as to how Citizen News can better serve their interests. 

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