Mark Little, founder of Storyful, examines Pew Research Center data about YouTube and its online news audience [Source: Storyful blog]
You don’t have to convince us at Storyful that YouTube is a pillar of new journalism, but even we were a little awestruck by the findings of a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. 4 billion video views a day. 28 per cent of Americans visiting video-sharing sites every day. All mind-blowing statistics.
And yet what interests us most is what the Pew Study says about the relationship between the YouTube audience and conventional news brands:
The data reveal that a complex, symbiotic relationship has developed between citizens and news organizations on YouTube, a relationship that comes close to the continuous journalistic “dialogue” many observers predicted would become the new journalism online.
That’s a pretty positive opening. However, the Pew study exposes a whole host of contradictions. It notes that the rapid adoption of YouTube by news consumers and producers has not been matched by the evolution of a clear code of ethics:
News organizations sometimes post content that was apparently captured by citizen eyewitnesses without any clear attribution as to the original producer. Citizens are posting copyrighted material without permission. And the creator of some material cannot be identified. All this creates the potential for news to be manufactured, or even falsified, without giving audiences much ability to know who produced it or how to verify it.
Visual Storytelling on Steroids
This is one slide from an incredible example of how graphic journalists are mashing up audio, photography and illustration to tell complex and in-depth stories.
This piece from Luke Radl focuses on the NATO protests in Chicago last month. Matt Bors of Cartoon Movement notes in an email that this may be the first cartoon in which all the text is in HTML, therefore search engine friendly.
Click through the entire piece, listen to the audio and check out the photos here: http://www.cartoonmovement.com/icomic/38
P.S. For more great graphics journalism see Susie Cagle’s Tumblr.
Information’s Beautiful Exchange: Part I
Panel discussion at Aspen Ideas Festival between James Powell, Reuters’ CTO, Edwin Schlossberg and Mark Wigley of Columbia University about the art of information
Four months after opening the Knight News Challenge on networks, I’m happy to announce the six winners. We selected them after reviewing 1,100 applications over the last three months.
For us at Knight, the fun part starts now. Over the next month, we’ll sit down with each of the winners…
MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference: Turning Data into Narrative
Future Human Podcast: Transparent Life
How are data visualization tools are changing the way we understand both ourselves and our environment?