"The future of news is the irreverent Vice. Maybe even Buzzfeed. Something instantly accessible that lives online. To think a nightly newscast at one appointed time has any future is to believe cable will remain unbundled and movies in theatres will make a comeback. Things change ..."--Bob LefsetzThe Future of News: Digital, Video, On Demand, Online--
Mining the Social Web: A look inside Storyful, the world's first social media news agency - published on Jun 17, 2015: "Everybody now is a storyteller...but when everybody's telling a story, which stories are worth listening to?" Google News Lab took a behind-the-scenes look at Storyful and its team of editors as they sift through eyewitness media posted to social platforms like YouTube and find the most newsworthy social content of the day, using a unique blend of technology and expert journalism"
Here are three initiatives recently announced by YouTube:
YouTube Newswire: YouTube Newswire (in partnership with Storyful, domain: storyful.com, a social news agency) will offer a curated feed of the most newsworthy eyewitness videos of the day, which have been verified by Storyful’s team of editors and are embeddable from the original sources. With the Newswire, Google's YouTube "hopes to provide journalists with an invaluable resource to discover news video around major events, and to highlight eyewitness video that offers new perspectives on important news stories." Follow on Twitter or subscribe to the daily newsletter.
The First Draft Coalition, domain: medium.com/1st-draft:"... we’re bringing together a group of thought leaders and pioneers in social media journalism to create educational resources on how to verify eyewitness media, and how to consider the ethics of using it in news reporting. This new group, called The First Draft Coalition, will consist of experts from Eyewitness Media Hub, Storyful, Bellingcat, First Look Media's Reported.ly, Meedan, Emergent, SAM Desk, and Verification Junkie. The Coalition will develop and program a new site for verification and ethics training, tools, research, and, most importantly, case studies around the biggest news stories of the moment. The site will launch this fall." See the Coalition’s Medium collection, which has how-to posts and examples of UGC verification, which will be updated every week. Follow First Draft on Twitter.
WITNESS Media Lab will explore the impact of bystander video in bringing about justice in police brutality cases in the United States. Check out the new site, domain: lab.witness.org, and follow the WITNESS Media Lab on Twitter for more updates.