YouTube Will Try to Fill the Investigative Journalism Gap

Sep 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

“YouTube is considering launching a service dedicated to investigative journalism in response to the decline of in-depth reporting at traditional news outlets,” the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports.

The video-sharing website is talking with the Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting about a possible collaboration that would be called YouTube Investigative.

CIR Executive Director Robert Rosenthal sounded optimistic about the proposal, and said there’s a need for it. He said budget constraints are increasingly forcing traditional media operations to look outside for sources of reporting.

"Newsrooms are so small, they’re looking for content they can’t produce," he said, adding that social media and other new newsgathering models, such as CIR, are filling the need.

The story reports: “Mr Rosenthal said social media platforms were also jumping into the world of investigative reporting, keen to get involved in an area once dominated by traditional press outlets.”

"There’s a revolution around information and technology," Rosenthal added. CIR is reportedly also talking with Apple and Google about similar collaborations.

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