We’ve all made excuses for YouTube’s usefulness in the past (“You can find anything! It helps me for school!”) while still managing to spend most of our time watching kids giving hockey psych-up speeches. In other words, the usefulness of YouTube is unquestioned, but the actual time put in to making it useful … that’s a different story.

Until now, with CitizenTube teaming up with the UCB Graduate School of Journalism to help inform citizens of the world.

It’s unclear yet exactly what role the grad school will play, but CitizenTube will “be gradually taking on more and more content.” This has the potential to be what we in the journalism biz call “super awesome.”

Don’t believe us? Take a look at just a few of the headlines read more »

j wolfJosh Wolf has had a rough journalistic career to say the least. In 2006 he set the record for being jailed in federal prison longer than any other journalist in U.S. history for protecting source materials (he refused to turn over his video footage of a “protester being choked by a police officer and other officers threatening passers-by with stun guns”). There was also question of whether he was a journalist or just an “activist with a camera.” read more »


Look outside for a minute. Compared with getting struck by lightning, odds are better that whoever you see outside applied to be dean for UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Well … that may or may not be true, but the point is 365 different people want the prestigious J-School job.

And like College Media Matters points out, it’s tough to decide which is more surprising: that so many people think they’re qualified to be dean or that over 300 are willing to quit their jobs, especially now.

Does this remind anyone else of California’s 2003 recall election? Maybe we’ll see Gary Coleman’s name among the list of applicants. If that doesn’t save a failing industry, we’re not sure what will.

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UC-Berkeley J-School Dean Search Draws 365 Applicants [Editor & Publisher] via College Media Matters