YouTube today launched its Reporter's Centre, an online educational platform where journalists offer advice on reporting and news gathering techniques to would-be citizen reporters.
The centre offers a selection of how-to videos with some of the industry's leading figures giving seminars on core reporting methods, such as how to conduct interviews, how to verify facts and, lessons on maintaining standards and ethics. (See below for a list which reads like a who's who of the news sector.)
Head of news and politics at YouTube, Steve Grove, said: "For the first time on YouTube, veteran journalists are making themselves openly available to aspiring reporters around the world who want to report on the news and events happening around them. He added: "As current events demonstrate on a daily basis, citizen-reporting on YouTube is a critical part of today's media landscape -- and the YouTube Reporters' Center will help foster an even more productive relationship between professionals and these aspiring reporters."
The channel offers citizens with an unparalleled opportunity for interaction and learning, with cit-journalists also invited to pass on their own lessons by uploading their own instructional videos. At a time when the industry has succumbed to cutbacks and redundancies, some may be weary of giving away too many "trade secrets", but public opinion is likely to be in favour of the initiative. The YouTube brand has a strong allure and is the world's number one video community website. Recently YouTube played a central role in shaping media coverage of key political events, as the contested Iranian elections demonstrated.
The YouTube Reporter's Centre is further proof that community journalism and crowdsourcing are not a passing fad but a permanent fixture on the journalistic scene - President Obama and his online media-savvy team seem to get this better than anyone, having today used YouTube to invite citizens to submit their own questions on health care reform. YouTube, along with its many partners, should be commended for addressing this issue and offering the world a unique online resource tool that will empower and educate aspiring journalists the world over.
Here's a list of individuals and organisations involved:
- Bill Adair, Editor, Politifact
- Nathalie Applewhite, Associate Director, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Donna Cassata, Editor, Associated Press
- Chris Cillizza, Political Reporter and Author of "The Fix" blog, The Washington Post
- Kate Connolly, Reporter, Newsweek
- Katie Couric, Presenter/Journalist, CBS Evening News
- Jim Drinkard, Accountability Editor, Associated Press
- Kwame Dawes, Journalist, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
- Michael Isikoff, Investigative Correspondent, Newsweek
- Riz Khan, The Riz Khan Show, Al-Jazeera English
- Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
- Andre Lambertson, Journalist, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Dana Milbank, Political Reporter and Author of the "Washington Sketch" column, The Washington Post
- Beth Murphy, journalist, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Lizzie O'Leary, Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg
- Adam Pasick, Editor of Reuters.com, Reuters
- Jon Resnick, Planning Editor, Associated Press
- Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
- Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, NPR
- Tavis Smiley, The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS
- Josh Tyrangiel, Managing Editor of Time.com, Time Magazine
- Bob Woodward, journalist, The Washington Post
- Dean Wright, Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards, Reuters
- Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook
- The Citizen Media Law Project
- The UpTake