ABC News Now Opens Submissions to Channel One Viewers

Oct 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The more than 7 million American middle and high school students reached by Channel One will create content for the weekly “Be Seen and Be Heard” on ABC News Now, a 24-hour digital news service, under a deal announced Wednesday.

ABC News Now is an all-digital suite of news content, tailored for distribution via multiple media platforms, including cable, satellite, broadband and wireless.

Viewers submit text or video comments on the issues of the day to “Be Seen and Be Heard,” a new user-generated digital program.

Channel One will guide students on how to use their cellphones, digital cameras, camcorders or webcams to record footage. Participants will be able to submit their reactions to the headlines of the day through a form on both ABCNews.com and ChannelOne.com.

“Our partnership with ABC News is crucial in extending our objective of providing teens with the tools to develop a better understanding of today’s most pressing world issues,” Channel One President and CEO Judy Harris said in the announcement. “Citizen journalism is a critical component to extending the ideals of the First Amendment and strengthens the voices of students across America.”

“From political elections to breaking news coverage, ABC News Now gives viewers a real-time forum to voice their opinions and be part of the news process,” said Michael Clemente, executive producer of ABC News Digital Media.