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YouTube will be THE source for eyewitness news

YouTube will be THE source for eyewitness news
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Forget CNN, MSNBC, even your local news. Very soon, your go-to source for the most up-to-date eyewitness footage of breaking events will be on YouTube.

And I'm not just talking about news clips from eyewitnesses that go viral. I'm talking about real, hard-hitting news stories from across the globe.

YouTube is launching three different initiatives with new partner Storyful, a company billed as "the world's first social media agency." Watch the video below to learn more about Storyful.

Now, onto the new YouTube news initiatives. There are three new platforms: The YouTube NewswireFirst Draft Coalition and Witness Media Lab. These initiatives are poised to change the face of breaking news.

The YouTube Newswire

The YouTube Newswire is basically an aggregated collection of all the day's newsworthy eyewitness videos of the day. For example, today's feed (June 19th, 2015) contains all the most important videos surrounding the Charleston church shooting. On top of that, there are eyewitness accounts of a wildfire spreading in Washington and flooding in Mumbai.

First Draft Coalition

Not all journalists get it right on the first try. With that being said, not all media consumers know how to interpret what they are seeing. Could viewers be getting duped? Who can you really trust? First Draft Coalition is a new library full of resources to help journalists and viewers alike verify user-generated content.

Witness Media Lab

Witness Media Labs, in partner with human rights advocates Witness, will work on several projects that will focus on 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.”

This type of citizen journalism is becoming more important each day, as evidenced by the ACLU's latest app that was born out of the Eric Garner case.

All three initiatives are live and up and running. Will they change the face of news and journalism as we know it? Let me know what you think by posting in the comments below.

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Source: VentureBeat
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