YouTube brings Journalism 101 to the masses

Just when you thought YouTube was only good for funny videos to go viral, Google has launched a YouTube channel called Reporters’ Center: helping you report the news.

The hub features well-known journalists, such as Bob Woodward, Katie Couric, Scott Simon and Nicholas Kristof, giving advice on reporting the news. Woodward gives tips on investigative journalism, Couric discusses how to conduct a good interview and others share tips and insight on citizen journalism and journalism ethics. The venture gives the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of journalism and journalists’ lives, the raw and the true.

YouTube also encourages journalists with reporting experience to upload their own “how-to” videos to share with the world.