An opportunity for a different point of view

projectreport.jpgYouTube has announced an ambitious journalism contest for "citizen journalists." I suspect this contest will produce some powerful pieces.

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube presents Project: Report, a journalism contest (made possible by Sony VAIO & Intel) intended for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told.

In each of the three rounds, reporters will be given an assignment to complete. Winners of each round will receive technology prizes from Sony VAIO & Intel, and the grand prize winner will be granted a $10,000 journalism fellowship with the Pulitzer Center to report on a story abroad.

Olivia Ma, News Manager for YouTube News & Politics, says the assignment for Round One is a profile of three minutes or less of someone in the contestant's community to highlight a story that deserves to be heard by a wide audience.

(I don't really like the term "citizen journalists" and I noticed YouTube doesn't use it anywhere in explaining this contest,)