AP reports Google has introduced "YouTube Direct", a new tool to help media outlets find videos of newsworthy events.
The tool is touted as a way to help newsrooms expand their video coverage without increasing their payrolls.
The assist comes in the form of "YouTube Direct," a free tool made for media interested in amateur video of calamities, protests or other newsworthy events. The application was debuting Tuesday as a way for news organizations to solicit and show videos on their own Web sites.
As the Internet's most popular video site, YouTube already has become a prime outlet for so-called "citizen journalism" — visual or written reporting submitted by people who don't work in a newsroom.