YouTube appears to be going all in on citizen journalism. The company today announced three new initiatives “designed to expand the video-sharing site’s role in new media journalism, including eyewitness news,” TechCrunch reports. “Most notably, the company is launching a service called YouTube Newswire in partnership with social news agency Storyful, which will introduce a curated and verified feed of the day’s most newsworthy events being published to YouTube.”
YouTube’s Storyful partnership dates back to the protests in Tahrir Square in 2011, the report notes, with previous joint efforts including CitizenTube, YouTube Politics and YouTube Human Rights Channel.
YouTube also launched two other initiatives, the report notes. “One is The First Draft Collection, a group of social media journalism experts who will team up to develop a new website launching this fall dedicated to video verification resources, including ethics training, tools, research, and case studies derived from the biggest news stories of the moment,” TechCrunch reports.
YouTube is also rolling out the WITNESS Media Lab, a partnership with WITNESS aimed at producing in-depth examinations of huma rights struggles. The first project is expected to examine the role of bystander video in police brutality incidents.
Here’s a clip that provides background on Storyful from YouTube Newswire: