While Youtube may well be first with the news these days it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing it’s not al­ways the most re­li­able

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Ups its news­break­ing cred

YOUTUBE has be­come a ma­jor plat­form for news, with view­ers tun­ing in for eye­wit­ness videos and cov­er­age in times of ma­jor events and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, a new study has found.

In early 2012, the most searched term of the month on YouTube was a news- re­lated event, ac­cord­ing to a new study by the Pew Re­search Cen­ters Project for Ex­cel­lence in Jour­nal­ism.

Whether you watch news videos on news web­sites, on your phone, on YouTube, or on the evening TV news, an in­creas­ing amount of live footage cov­er­age is up­loaded to or sourced from YouTube.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic and news or­gan­i­sa­tions alike are util­is­ing the video shar­ing web­site, gen­er­at­ing and in­cor­po­rat­ing user- gen­er­ated con­tent into break­ing news of­fer­ings.

From dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes in Ja­pan to armed con­flict in Afghanistan and un­cov­er­ing Syr­ian mass buri­als, the most pop­u­lar news videos on­line tend to de­pict nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or po­lit­i­cal up­heaval, usu­ally fea­tur­ing in­tense vi­su­als.

YouTube has evolved from be­ing a world of funny cat videos and ba­bies do­ing karaoke, to be­come a se­ri­ous new source of ‘‘ visual news’’.

The reach of YouTube is enor­mous – it is now the third most vis­ited web­site on­line, trail­ing only be­hind Google ( which owns YouTube) and Face­book, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by British re­search ser­vice Netcraft.

From YouTube’s own sta­tis­tics, more than 72 hours of video are up­loaded to the site ev­ery minute and it re­ceives more than four bil­lion video views a day.

It’s lit­tle won­der that news or­gan­i­sa­tions are scram­bling to cre­ate the next vi­ral hit.

The types of news videos that ‘‘ go vi­ral’’ are var­ied. They range from videos by pro­fes­sional news or­gan­i­sa­tions and mem­bers of the pub­lic, to po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est groups, TV net­works and gov­ern­ments.

Not ev­ery­body plays by the rules of fair use, of course ( it IS the in­ter­net), even though YouTube of­fers clear guide­lines on how to at­tribute con­tent.

As a re­sult, some news or­gan­i­sa­tions post con­tent ob­vi­ously cap­tured by mem­bers of the pub­lic with­out at­tribut­ing the orig­i­nal pro­ducer, while mem­bers of the pub­lic in turn, of­ten post copy­righted news ma­te­rial with­out per­mis­sion.

Both sce­nar­ios cre­ate the po­ten­tial for news to be man­u­fac­tured, doubted, and fal­si­fied, with­out giv­ing au­di­ences much abil­ity to know who pro­duced it or how to ver­ify it.

When in doubt, seek the source out or stay with a trusted news ser­vice.

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