The AP uploaded a lot of history to YouTube

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The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it’s “bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube” in partnership with British Movietone. The videos, from AP Archive channel and British Movietone’s channel, stretch back to 1895.

Showcasing the moments, people and events that have shaped the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

Some highlights include a 1936 assasination attempt on King Edward VIII:

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison:

And of course, an old cat video:

Correction: A previous version of this story said the AP announced the partnership on Tuesday. It was announced on Wednesday.

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New study finds millennials are strong news consumers, but take an indirect path

Millennials are getting a bad rap as a newsless and disengaged generation, according to a new study of their news habits. But print newspapers and digital home pages are not their main way of finding what they are looking for.

Rather social media and search are the two top avenues for finding news, according to a report released today by the American Press Institute, Associated Press and NORC center at the University of Chicago.  Facebook is the top way of encountering news, used by 88 percent of those who do.

Eighty-five percent of 1,000 millennials surveyed said that news is at least somewhat important to them. News is their third top digital activity after e-mail and check of weather and traffic. Games and keeping up with friends came in fourth and fifth. Read more

The dialog box for YouTube's new Fan Funding program. This one features Poynter fellow Ben Mullin.

Online news channel chosen to test YouTube’s ‘Fan Funding’

The dialog box for YouTube's new Fan Funding program. This one features Poynter fellow Ben Mullin.

The dialog box for YouTube’s new Fan Funding program. This one features Poynter fellow Ben Mullin.

The Young Turks, a YouTube-based network that generates about 68 million views monthly, has begun to try out a fundraising platform, called Fan Funding.

The program, which is currently in limited release, allows online video creators on YouTube to generate revenue from their viewers with a “support” button. After one week of using the feature, The Young Turks has generated about $400, said Steve Oh, the chief operating officer of the network.

Currently, the feature only allows viewers to contribute by using Google Wallet, an online payment service similar to PayPal, which may have limited the number of donations, Oh said.

Under the terms of the program, donations are limited to $500. Read more


U.S. appeals court orders YouTube take down anti-Muslim film

Associated Press | Reuters | EFF

In Wednesday’s decision on Garcia v. Google Inc., a three-judge panel for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered YouTube to remove the video “Innocence of Muslims” from its platform. It also reinstated Cindy Lee Garcia’s copyright lawsuit against Google.

The 2012 video, created by filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef, led to riots and deaths throughout the Middle East. The 13-minute film depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a “fool and a sexual deviant.”

President Obama and other world leaders had asked YouTube to take down the video, but YouTube resisted due to “unwarranted government censorship” that “would violate the Google-owned company’s free speech protections.” Read more

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YouTube, news sites will livestream the State of the Union

President Obama at the White House on Thursday, Jan. 23. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

YouTube will livestream President Obama’s State of the Union address at 9 p.m. eastern, according to a press release from YouTube, “followed by the Republican response by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Speaker Boehner’s channel. Senator Mike Lee will deliver the Tea Party response and Senator Rand Paul will offer remarks as well.”

YouTube reports that several news partners will also have coverage of the SOTU on their YouTube Channels, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Young Turks and NowThis News. Read more


Mix of amateur and professional efforts tops list of 2013 YouTube news clips

YouTube’s top trending news videos of the year include polished pieces from the Boston Globe and the Guardian and shaky, rough cell phone videos from people in Waco, Tex., and Taiwan.

“I think what’s most interesting is they are from all over the globe,” said Tom Sly, director, global head of news partnerships for YouTube, in a phone interview. “They are from traditional news outlets as well as people in the right place, or the wrong place, at the right time and captured something.”

A video caught on someone’s cell phone has as much chance to get viewers as a polished BBC interview with Russell Brand, Sly said.

“You don’t have to have incredibly high-production value in order for your content to be interesting,” he said. Read more

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BuzzFeed to build a ‘social video studio’

BuzzFeed | All Things D

BuzzFeed will construct a “social video studio” in Los Angeles, the company announced Tuesday. The facility will include a “coffee shop and store where influencers, thinkers and celebrities will be able create informal videos made for the social web. The team will grow to over 30 people in the coming months.”

The content will be exclusive to YouTube. BuzzFeed also announced a partnership that gives the Web news organization access to CNN’s video archives so it can “create unique mash-up news videos” and lists. That content will appear on as well as on “CNNBuzzFeed,” a new YouTube channel. Here’s a first, rather treacly video:

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What happens when the military becomes its own media?

BuzzFeed | All Things D | YouTube | Facebook | Washington Post

The Israeli Defense Forces is making aggressive use of social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to document and justify its latest assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

BuzzFeed’s Matt Buchanan documents how the @IDFSpokesperson account “basically declared war on Hamas” and has been tweeting photos and videos of the assault. He writes:

[The IDF's] live-tweeting its assault on Hamas may well be the most meaningful change in our consumption of war in over 20 years. This is something new.

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Olympics show YouTube’s potential as live-streaming platform

Mashable | The Hollywood Reporter
The Olympics shows how YouTube is shifting from an on-demand video platform to one aimed at live-streaming newsworthy events, reports Mashable’s Sam Laird. About 2.7 million people turned to YouTube to see the U.S. women’s gymnastics team win gold and the 200-meter IM race in which Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps. YouTube built a new streaming platform for the Olympics, according to Laird. Jason Gaedtke, YouTube’s director of software engineering, tells him:

“We certainly see strong demand in a couple verticals: gaming, sports, news increasingly — anything with a realtime or community-driven aspect to it seems to play well in this format.”

In July, PEJ reported that YouTube has emerged as an important platform for news.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Andrew Tyndall focuses on YouTube in addressing CNN’s ratings woes. Read more


Center for Investigative Reporting to curate investigative reporting on new YouTube channel

TechCrunch | Center for Investigative Reporting
The Center for Investigative Reporting will curate “The I-Files,” a new YouTube channel featuring investigative videos from partners such as Al Jazeera, The New York Times, and the 60 nonprofit news organizations that make up the Investigative News Network.

“The launch of the new investigative YouTube channel, The I Files, in association with INN, reflects CIR’s belief that collaboration and partnership are crucial to the sustainability of investigative, public service journalism,” said Robert J. Rosenthal, executive director of CIR. “There is enormous potential in finding new audiences to magnify the impact of all of the partners participating in The I Files.”

PEJ recently did a study of YouTube’s role in news consumption, writing:

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.

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