Watch Out Brian Williams: YouTube’s New Amateur Reporter Channel

6 Jun

Yesterday I met with Olivia Ma who is running Youtube’s new CJ operation.  She gets it.  This should be interesting and in my opinion good for participatory news and NowPublic members (stay tuned).

Want to see Brian Williams do his stuff, online? Head to MSNBC’s Web site. Want to see thousands of would-be Brians trying their own hand at video reporting/news reading? Head to YouTube, which has a gazillion of them. Some are even kind of good!

But how to find them all? YouTube’s helpful solution: Shove them all into a new reporter “channel”, just like the one the site offers for musicians, politicians, etc.

YouTube, by the way, isn’t the first to try aggregate the public’s impulse to play TV reporter; CNN’s ireport.com and Nowpublic are trying to do the same thing.

Olivia Ma of YouTube's New Amateur Reporter Channel

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