YouTube Introduces new Immersive Watch Page for News Stories and more
Google noted in its blog post announced that;
We’re launching the Shorts Innovation Program for News - an initiative to strengthen news organizations’ short-form video capabilities through financial grants and specialist support.
In the digital news landscape of today, viewers crave diverse types of content, and newsrooms and journalists are evolving to meet these needs. To further improve the news-watching experience, YouTube is introducing two exciting initiatives.
Immersive Watch Page
YouTube is rolling out an immersive watch page experience for news stories. This watch page consolidates content from authoritative sources, including video on demand, live streams, podcasts, and Shorts. It empowers viewers to explore multiple perspectives and sources in one place. On this page, you can find in-depth long-form videos, live coverage, and Shorts to quickly catch up on the news that matters to you. To access the watch page for a specific news topic, simply click on a video with the newspaper icon on the homepage or in search results. While this feature is initially available for mobile users in approximately 40 countries, desktop, and living room integration will follow. The goal is to ensure viewers have access to a wide range of credible voices when diving into news topics.
#2. Shorts Innovation Program for News
YouTube is launching the Shorts Innovation Program for News, a significant initiative to bolster the short-form video capabilities of news organizations. This program offers financial grants and specialist support to selected news organizations. Over 20 organizations from 10 countries have been chosen to receive a total of USD 1.6 million. These organizations are selected based on their strong presence in long-form videos on YouTube and their desire to enhance and expand their short-form news content. YouTube specialists will collaborate with news organizations, including Univision in the U.S., AFP in France, and Mediacorp in Singapore, to refine Shorts' content strategy and video production techniques. The goal is to unlock the creative potential of short-form news content and support an innovative news ecosystem.