YouTube Doing Citizen Reporting Experiment with ABC Affiliate

youtube-abc7-275.bmpYouTube’s News team is joining forces with San Francisco’s ABC7 (KGO-TV) to conduct an experiment in collecting video news footage from regular everyday folks.

Writes YouTube News Manager Olivia Ma on the YouTube blog:

ABC7 will use YouTube Direct to collect news footage from people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Residents of the Bay Area are invited to document the news and events happening where they live, work and play, and to submit those videos via YouTube Direct to the producers at ABC7. The team at ABC7 will feature newsworthy videos on television (Channel 7 in the Bay Area), on their website (ureport.abc7news.com), and on their YouTube channel (youtube.com/abc7news).

Looks like over 40 videos have already been submitted, on everything from the Marin County Fair, to the Oscar Grant verdict, to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev writing his first tweet from Twitter headquarters.