YouTube Newswire Offers User-Generated Feed Spotlighting Eyewitness News Video
Newswire one of three new initiatives geared toward YouTube's journalism efforts, along with First Draft Coalition and Witness Media Labs.
YouTube announced three new journalism-focused initiatives yesterday, including YouTube Newswire – a user-generated feed of daily eyewitness videos covering major events from around the world.
The YouTube Newswire content will be embedded from original sources after being verified by Storyful, a social news agency YouTube says it first began working with in 2011 during Egypt’s Tahrir Square protests.
According to the announcement, YouTube’s goal with Newswire is to, “…discover new news video around major events, and to highlight eyewitness video that offers new perspectives on important news stories.”
In addition to the new user-generated news feed, YouTube is also putting together The First Draft Coalition – a group charged with developing a site for journalists that will offer verification and ethics training, in addition to tools, research, and case studies covering current news stories.
With experts pulled from Eyewitness Media Hub, Storyful, Bellingcat, First Look Media’s Reported.ly, Meedan, Emergent, SAM Desk, and Verification Junkie, YouTube says its First Draft Coalition will launch this fall.
YouTube also said it is partnering with WITNESS Media Lab to produce video projects that spotlight human right struggles from the perspective of those experiencing human rights injustices.