YouTube source for news, disaster footage: Study


A new study finds that YouTube is emerging as a major platform for news,
one to which viewers increasingly turn for eyewitness videos in times
of major events and natural disasters.

The Pew Research Center’s
Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday released its examination
of 15 months of the most popular news videos on the Google Inc.-owned
site. It found that while viewership for TV news still easily outpaces
those consuming news on YouTube, the video-sharing site is a growing
digital environment where professional journalism mingles with citizen

More than a third of the most-watched videos studied came
from citizens. Though more than half of the most-watched videos came
from news organizations, footage in those videos sometimes incorporated
footage shot by YouTube users.

Tags: Internet, online video sharing, YouTube