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YouTube: professional and citizen journalism

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17 July 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism revealed the results of a study of 15 months of the most popular videos from Google Inc.

The study showed that YouTube has become one of the most important platforms for access news, a platform where users search for news about important events and natural disasters from the point of view of people who were there at that time. The study also found that while the TV news consumption still opaque news search on YouTube, the video site is still growing in the digital environment where professional journalism mixes with content created by citizens.

“There is a new form of journalism on this platform” states Amy Mitchell, Project Manager of excellence in journalism project from The Pew Research Center “is a new relationship between news organizations and citizens more dynamic and diverse than what we have seen on other platforms ”

More than half of the videos consumed come from news networks and more than one third of citizens. But the content of network news has on many occasions, people-generated content.

One of the things that emerges here is the power of bearing witness as a part of a news consumption process,” says Mitchell.
The results have aroused much concern and encouragement in the traditional news networks. Citizen journalism is one of the users seeking content from YouTube, but equally seek professional content distributors. The study demonstrates how the content of professional and amateur video are combined and work in the format of YouTube where you choose what to see.

Source: AP

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