Woot! YouTube’s got a new channel for citizen journalism.
This channel will highlight the best of the citizen journalism that’s taking place on YouTube, but its ultimate goal is to become a go-to news destination on the web.
Though as Dan Gillmor points out YouTube isn’t giving much back to the community:
I hope they’re going to find a way to reward the people who are doing the work. As I’ve said again and again, I’m not a fan of business models that say “You do all the work and we’ll take all the money, thank you very much.”
I also hope YouTube will give people a way to post using Creative Commons licenses, which are all about sharing information, as opposed to the currently restrictive terms of service. This is the main reason I don’t automatically recommend the service — though I do believe it offers great value in a general sense– and why I do recommend Blip.TV, which makes Creative Commons one of the defaults.
From the Google News Blog:
Today, we’re happy to announce that Google News is now available to iPhone and iPod Touch users in over 30 countries. This means that you’ll see a full-fledged version of Google News on these devices, improved Google News results and, where available, relevant YouTube videos embedded with news stories.
Mashable has posted a nice analysis of the newest feature of Google Maps, YouTube videos.
The new feature is slightly different from geotagging photos in Flickr or Picasa, and is also different from the YouTube videos you can find in Google Earth. In those cases, a photo or video is associated with a particular geographic location. The new feature of Google Maps applies to particular listings (businesses, etc.) that appear on the map.
Great map integration is one of the reasons Yelp kicks the tar out of Metromix here in Chicago, and is the killer feature of Everyblock. How great would it be if Check, Please! reviews were attached to the restaurant listings?
Or if local news channels could hang their videos off of places and you could see the evening news presented in order of nearness to places important to you: mom’s house, the elementary school, where your son is fighting in Iraq.
Geography is important. This little feature of Google Maps isn’t much, but it’s a glimmer of a new way news and place could interact.