YouTube has some great video. You can find video from just about anywhere, from any event, with almost anyone. And since anyone can shoot a video and post it, news organizations often showcase YouTube videos from events that they personally don’t have footage from. Of course this played a crucial role earlier this year during the national election in Iran, when journalists were banned from reporting there. Instead, the citizens of Iran took out their cameras and shot video and posted it to various sites all over the web.
However, actually finding a specific video among millions of others can be a bit tricky sometimes. A new tool designed by YouTube aims to change that. YouTube Direct will help connect websites connect with its users, most specifically news organizations with citizen journalists. (more…)