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YouTube's Citizen News

The YouTube Citizen News Channel wants to highlight citizen videos with news value. Olivia Ma, the site’s News Manager, says on the site’s blog:

If you see examples of fellow YouTubers doing great work in journalism and reporting, please let me know. If you’re a citizen journalist yourself, tell me how YouTube could better serve you. I want to hear how you guys envision news on YouTube and what you’d like to see. My ultimate mission is to make the site a go-to destination for news on the web.

So far so good — another worthwhile experiment in citizen media. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works.

But as they monetize this, I hope they’re going to find a way to reward the people who are doing the work. As I’ve said again and again, I’m not a fan of business models that say “You do all the work and we’ll take all the money, thank you very much.”

I also hope YouTube will give people a way to post using Creative Commons licenses, which are all about sharing information, as opposed to the currently restrictive terms of service. This is the main reason I don’t automatically recommend the service — though I do believe it offers great value in a general sense– and why I do recommend Blip.TV, which makes Creative Commons one of the defaults.

4 Comments on “YouTube's Citizen News”

  1. #1   links for 2008-05-22 by Kevin Bondelli’s Youth Vote Blog
    on May 22nd, 2008 at 4:44 pm

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  2. #2 Seth Finkelstein
    on May 22nd, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I’m not a fan of business models that say “You do all the work and we’ll take all the money, thank you very much.”

    Hear, hear.

    But too many other high-attention people are fans of exactly that :-(

  3. #3 YouTube gets citizen journalism, will they give it back? | Sixth W
    on May 23rd, 2008 at 1:10 pm

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