Europocket.tv, in part funded by the European Parliament, will feature news in English, Spanish and French. Stories will primarily be EU based, with particular focus on young people, although it does not appear that limits will be placed on what gets broadcast as long as the material is interesting. What’s really innovative though is how the channel is requesting its news. Rather than relying on traditional news sources, the channel aims to take citizen journalism to a new level by primarily using footage sent in by “regular” people.
“We need young people in all the corners of the world investigating as young reporters for Europocket TV. With modern technologies, even camera phones, young people can become the media instead of being dictated to by traditional TV’s on what is going on.”
We all know how blogs and submissions to YouTube have gone through the roof over the last couple of years, but the problem persists that despite RSS, Technorati, digg etc, plenty of good material is still hard to find. Europocket.tv could however mesh the single point of contact element of traditional TV with open to the masses journalism made possible by the web, at least in the realm of European news. Will be intersting to see if it works out.