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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.”

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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. (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. Videos that made the top spots include tornado chasers in Moore, Okla., at No. 7, a cheetah chasing an impala into a tourist's car on safari, at No. 12, and at No. 15, a spider on a weather camera totally freaking out a meteorologist. Here are the top five trending news videos of the year: No. 1: Meteorite crash in Russia No. 2: Explosions at the Boston Marathon, from the Boston Globe: (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. (more...)

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. The Web is CNN's future, he writes:
CNN's lack of ideological turf has harmed it in the ratings war as a cable news channel but helps it online, where video content, not an anchor's politics or tone of voice, is key. CNN's future rival is YouTube, not Fox News. ... (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. Citizens are creating their own videos about news and posting them. They are also actively sharing news videos produced by journalism professionals. And news organizations are taking advantage of citizen content and incorporating it into their journalism. Consumers, in turn, seem to be embracing the interplay in what they watch and share, creating a new kind of television news.
The Knight Foundation is providing $800,000 for the project.

To foster video-based student investigative reporting, CIR is holding a contest in which the public will vote on the top 10 videos. The winner will receive $2,500.

Related: News events occasionally outpace entertainment on YouTube

News events occasionally outpace entertainment on YouTube

PEJ | The Washington Post | Storyful
In a new study about how YouTube has become a major platform for viewing news, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that "at any given moment news can outpace even the biggest entertainment videos," although non-news videos generally rack up more views over time. News events were the most-searched terms on YouTube four of 12 months. The biggest news-related videos follow the classic viral traffic pattern, rocketing in popularity over a short time and dropping off quickly. Popular entertainment videos have more staying power.

The report describes a complex environment in which citizens and professional news organizations post and share videos alongside one another, without much adherence to the ethical standards that govern TV news.

PEJ Deputy Director Amy Mitchell tells The Washington Post's Paul Farhi that researchers don't believe YouTube is a substitute for traditional TV news; instead they see it as an emerging way of getting news about the world.

Storyful CEO Mark Little's take, however, is that YouTube has edged out traditional TV news:
The platform is no longer simply a supplement to the daily news diet. (more...)

How BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski mines the Internet for video gold

In a Dickens novel, Andrew Kaczynski would be The Ghost of Statements Past — haunting political candidates with visions of years-old contradictions, hypocrisy or embarrassment they would rather forget.

Andrew Kaczynski is BuzzFeed’s expert at searching for rare video clips.
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YouTube discussing collaboration with Center for Investigative Reporting

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
YouTube is interested in "launching a service dedicated to investigative journalism in response to the decline of in-depth reporting at traditional news outlets," reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Google's video-sharing site is talking with the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Calif., about whether it would "curate material for what it plans to call YouTube Investigative." The story also says that the Center for Investigative Reporting is talking to Apple and Google about possible collaborations. Executive Director Robert Rosenthal tells me that the story stemmed from a conversation he had recently with some visiting journalists. So far, he's had one conversation with people at YouTube. "It's an idea. We hope it goes further, but we have no idea if it will.” This isn't the first time YouTube has expressed interest in journalism. A couple of years ago, it tried to foster better citizen journalism with skills-oriented videos posted on the YouTube Reporters' Center. || Earlier: New grant program funds investigative projects by unemployed journalists || Related: Center for Investigative Reporting producer boils major project down into a four-minute animation.