YouTube Goes Legit

Check out this article from Poynter.org about YouTube’s new citizen journalism center. There are some interesting instructional videos from journalists, and the new platform offers users the opportunity to view legitimate news without sifting through videos of cats playing the keyboard.

How will this rival the videos being produced for newspaper Web sites? I think it will depend on how they are being used. Some news sites, such as http://www.jacksonville.com, allow dopey, pointless videos like this to dilute the quality of the video pool, making videos like this, from the San Diego Union-Tribune, harder to find.

Too many newspaper videos are trying to be like TV news videos. We need to make sure newspaper videos are distinct and are worth watching. Perhaps this YouTube playform will help us to practice the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) when it comes to video journalism.

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