YouTube launches citizen reporting centre after Iran elections


YouTube launches citizen reporting centre after Iran elections

Rebecca Thomson

YouTube has launched an online resource to help citizen journalists learn the tricks of the trade after their reporting played a massive role in informing the world of what happened in the aftermath of the recent Iran elections.

The YouTube Reporters' Centre provides instructional videos from high-profile journalists and was launched in response to the massive role citizen journalists played in reporting from Iran's recent election and during protests in Myanmar in 2007.

Recent technological advances mean people all over the world now have the ability to upload video and use social networking sites during major events.

News organisations such as the Guardian newspaper have experimented with crowd sourcing, reporters use sites to find out what their audience thinks they should be asking government officials, and people are engaging online more with high-profile journalists such as Channel 4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murphy.

Olivia Ma, news manager at YouTube News and Politics, said in a blog post, "We believe the power of this new media landscape lies in the collaborative possibilities of amateurs and professionals working together.

Visitors to the online centre can find out how to be an investigative reporter from the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, or how to report on the global humanitarian crisis from Nick Kristof at the New York Times.

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