YouTube’s “citizen journalist” channel

YouTube logoThe YouTube Direct channel has been launched to let “citizen journalists” conveniently feed content to TV and online news editors.  Broadcast journalism Professor Susan Walker, a veteran TV producer, says if these videos aren’t vetted by news professionals it could unleash a wave of ambush videos from vigilante “reporters.”

“I’m with newspaper editor Ben Bradlee who once said he feels the same way about citizen journalism that he does about citizen surgery.  YouTube could be enabling cell phone videos which don’t inform but rather produce more heat than light.”

Contact Susan Walker, 617-353-5806, suwalker@bu.edu

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