September 9, 2011

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.

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Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens,…
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