New media journalism has it’s pros and cons, and one of the biggest arguments is that often it can be hard to verify information coming in from sources with little or no track record. That makes it harder for credible news organizations to trust the information. So they aren’t sure if they should run the story or not.
There have been some attempts to streamline all of this, and now YouTube is jumping on the bandwagon, launching a new channel called Newswire which aims to help this new media journalism. In other words “you can trust” it.
YouTube says in its blog post that it is “impossible to turn on the news during a breaking event without seeing raw video uploaded by a YouTube user somewhere across the globe.” That’s true enough, so they might as well get into it. YouTube Newswire has partnered with Storyful, a social news agency that it has worked with since the protests broke out in Tahrir Square back in 2011. Basically YouTube Newswire is a curated feed of the most news-worthy videos of the day that are embeddable from original sources and have been verified by Storyful’s editors.
The idea is to give journalists a new resource to discover news videos for major events as well as highlight videos from eyewitnesses that offer new perspectives. What do you think? Are you interested?