I have been writing a lot about the future of news and where it will take us.....will it be all video, streams of media, all mobile, or will the newspaper somehow survive. Nobody knows for certain, but one could take a very calculated guess and point towards video / mobile. I had also talked about a new type of news site that we were building to incorporate into OurTown.com as well as have it stand on its own......VNN ( Video News Network).
VNN is going to be a video network (much like YouTube), but it is focused on local news and local happenings. Regular people will be able to upload video in real time to the network as the actual news is happening. Then our users can view and browse this content through many categories including down the the zip code. VNN will eventually have "video editors" who can do 3 essential things.....curate the news, comment on the news and create social interaction with viewers as they respond to the news. . We will also have a strict admin control over the site so that it doesn't turn into a YouTube with many off topic videos and keep it limited to what is important to the site and its users.
VNN will become that place for local news stations to upload their daily broadcasts, amateur journalist to upload their findings and breaking stories via video, and also a perfect place for any vlogger ! Since we are incorporated into YouTube itself (meaning our VNN videos get the YouTube video SEO treatment) we become the best choice for these types of users.
We are in the beginning stages of VNN and will hopefully grow into our own over this coming year. I invite you to check out the BETA site and let us know what you think in the comments.
BETA site - VNN
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