Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.
According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco. Apparently part of a select group of "San Francisco bloggers, writers, and digital journalists," Batey received the below vague email earlier today.
On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM
< [Redacted]@youtube.com> wrote:
I am leading a project at YouTube and I thought you might like to be
a part of it. [Redacted] gave me your contact information.
For the months of July and August, YouTube is going local in San
Francisco to encourage citizen videographers -- anyone with a video-capable
phone or camera, really, -- to help cover San Francisco's news, issues and events
and we want local news sites to join us.
If you're interested, I'm rounding up a group of San Francisco bloggers, writers and digital journalists next week to speak about the project in more detail in person. Please let me know which dates work for you here [see below image]:
As a precaution, I would like to add that we've not yet launched this
project publicly yet, so please be discreet about who you speak with about it.
YouTube News Associate
"Google's hope is that broader use of YouTube videos could substantially boost a news organization's long-term ability to engage an audience. Amateur-produced video is perhaps the most powerful new tool of the Internet era in journalism, making the whole world a potential witness to dramas, tragedies, achievements almost anywhere. The idea behind the various YouTube projects is that the same newspapers that once commanded an audience with printed reports of local news, sports, crime, and weather could re-create their central role by becoming a clearinghouse for video reports."Maybe this is YouTube's clumsy attempt to scale The Bold Italic's successful Neighborhood Watch project? In any case, parsing the Atlantic piece leads us to believe this might be some kind of blogger outreach campaign for YouTube Direct, a tool which allows webmasters to integrate YouTube functionality into their news sites.