When you think real-time, eyewitness videos, you probably think of Snapchat or Twitter鈥檚 Periscope, not Youtube. But now it seems that YouTube is finally jumping on the first-person-narrative wagon and putting out a curated feed of firsthand-account news stories. Say hello to YouTube Newswire, a daily feed of YouTube鈥檚 most newsworthy videos, all provided by聽users like you.


YouTube has taken preventive measures to make sure you鈥檙e not watching hoax videos. They鈥檝e partnered with Storyful, a company that does all the fact-checking on social media to ensure that the first-hand news you鈥檙e watching is actually worth watching. Together, YouTube and Storyful will provide viewers with a curated (and accurate) feed of the day鈥檚 most newsworthy events that are being uploaded聽to YouTube.

Olivia Ma, the Head of Strategy and Operations at the News Lab at Google, wrote聽in a blog post that Newswire will provide journalists with a valuable resource. Now they will be able to find videos of major events, alongside global and local footage showcasing the most relevant news all over聽the world. It will be available online, on Twitter and as an email newsletter.


鈥淭he noise and the need for curation have never been greater 鈥 and neither has our team鈥檚 commitment to creating the best social journalism,鈥 Storyful聽states. According to Storyful, almost 300 hours of video are聽uploaded to YouTube every minute. That鈥檚 A LOT聽of video to sift through and verify. Of course, verification is crucial in today鈥檚 world of real-time reporting, when a news story can break all over social media platforms without every being fact-checked.

Before YouTube, you needed a team of reporters, journalists and a whole TV network to capture and distribute images for a groundbreaking story. YouTube Newswire could mean a huge leap for journalism as it creates a unique relationship between eyewitnesses and journalists, creating an聽authentic story for viewers like us.

Would you get your news from YouTube? Let us know what you think of this news source in the comments below!

(h/t Tech Crunch)