"News is becoming a major part of what Americans watch on YouTube. In the last 15 months, a third of the most searched terms on the video sharing site were news related."
The nature of YouTube is changing. What began as a place for people to post home-made videos of their kids and watch snipets from old television shows has now become one of the leading sites where people turn to view video of breaking news events, such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism examined 15 months' worth of the most popular news videos on the site and found that news organizations are taking advantage of citizen content and incorporating it into their journalism. The study says YouTube is sparking a "new kind of visual journalism."