Just a few days ago, YouTube debuted Newswire, a comprehensive hub for eyewitness videos from emerging news events around the world. YouTube Newswire is curated by journalists at Storyful who discover and verify the best News, Weather and Politics content.
In the past couple of years we have all witnessed how the power of social media has shaped the world of journalism and changed the flow of reporting in a more direct and real-time way. With over 5 million hours of news video watched on YouTube everyday, the social video platform is now encouraging eye witnesses to have their say and provides them with a platform to do so.
In the words of Olivia Ma, Head of Strategy and Operations, News Lab at Google:
We live in a world where anyone can bear witness to what is happening around them and share it with a global audience, and YouTube has become a primary home for this powerful, first-person documentary footage.
YouTube announced that it will bring eyewitness verification on the videos uploaded to the hub, in order to ensure the authenticity of the content published. This is where Storyful, a digital journalism agency, steps in; its staff will be in charge of verifying the videos and distinguishing what’s real content and what’s a hoax.
It’s not the first time platforms are crowdsourcing their content. Earlier this year, Getty Images announced a grant program which aims to aid Instagrammers from all over the world in exchange for stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
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