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YouTube launches investigative reporting channel with support from Knight Foundation

YouTube is partnering with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) to launch an investigative news channel called I Files, according to NDTV. This latest venture, launched Thursday, Aug. 2, comes just as a recent Pew Report shows that YouTube, known for its cute animal and music videos, has emerged as a major news source.

The new I Files channel will feature investigative news videos from news outlets around the world, such as The New York Times, BBC and Al Jazeera, according to LA Observed. Edited by the CIR, the channel also will collaborate with the Investigative News Network, which includes such nonprofit members as NPR and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

According to the CIR blog, I Files' aim is "to be timely and relevant, to provide an outlet for a citizen journalist who captures an incredible moment on camera, but above all to dig deeper and to present well-reported and engaging stories that offer real information and insights...With The I Files, we hope to create a community of engaged viewers and video journalists who share a passion for discovering how the world really works and how it can change."

I Files is funded by an $800,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reported TechCrunch.

Julia B. Chan, online engagement coordinator for The I Files, wrote for the Bay Citizen that the I Files will "promote good journalism." I Files, she wrote, is "not just another YouTube channel...I Files will be at the forefront as new models emerge for how journalism is produced, consumed and shared."

In an effort to engage the public, I Files is offering a $2,500 prize for the best student investigative reporting videos, according to MediaBistro. The deadline to enter the contest is Oct. 31, and the public will vote on its favorite videos.


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