Calling all pro-active citizen journalists! Yahoo! News has just launched a new "beta"(DIY-synonymous anyone) site called You Witness News. It's a consumer content/citizen journalism site that allows people to submit photos and video directly to the editors desk of one of the better news site on the web. All photos go through Flickr, but we at Lifefilter love that.
Selected photos will be packaged into Yahoo! News reports with credit to the photgrapher and seen by the millions of viewers around the world. In a later phase of the project, You Witness News will work with their partner Reuters to further select photos that will go out on the Reuters' wire service where photographers can get paid for their newsworthy photos.
This seems like a better version of Current TV with submitters getting their stuff packaged a little more closely with the brand as well as dropping more instantaneously. Current is excellent, but it goes into this vacuum where it gets filtered quite a bit. Who is to say this won't either, but we love the idea of anyone generating news for a Reuters post.
Can I get a Witness?