YouTube partners with Storyful, a social news agency to create YouTube Newswire. Newswire is a screened newsfeed of the most important stories that occur each day. The stories are verified by Storyful’s editors. Each story can be embedded from the source.
With the Newswire, we hope to provide journalists with an invaluable resource to discover news video around major events, and to highlight eyewitness video that offers new perspectives on important news stories.
Youtube creates a coalition of social media journalism experts to design educational resources aimed at learning how to verify eyewitness news reports. First Draft Coalition will also examine the ethics of using eyewitness reports in journalism media. Experts will be recruited from Eyewitness Media Hub, Storyful, Bellingcat, First Look Media’s Reported ly, Meedan, Emergent, SAM Desk and Verification Junkie.
The Coalition will develop and program a new site for verification and ethics training, tools, research, and, most importantly, case studies around the biggest news stories of the moment. The site will launch this fall.
YouTube partners with WITNESS to back the WITNESS Media Lab. The Media Lab is a novel method for addressing critical human rights issues by analyzing and interpreting first hand citizen video footage.
The WITNESS Media Lab – in collaboration with innovators in the technology, advocacy and journalism fields – will produce a series of in-depth projects that focus on human rights struggles as seen from the perspective of those who live, witness, and experience them. The first project from the WITNESS Media Lab will explore the impact of bystander video in bringing about justice in police brutality cases in the United States.