The I Files: YouTube’s new home for investigative reports (video)

2 Aug 2012

About 72 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute, and it’s not all cats, music parodies and fail moments. In response to a growing volume of news-related video appearing on the site, YouTube has found a way to help users find the most hard-hitting content in one place with a dedicated channel for investigative journalism.

The I Files will be YouTube’s home for thoughtful analysis and rigorous reporting, curated by the Centre for Investigative Reporting with funding from the Knight Foundation. The channel will showcase the best investigative videos from around the world, with contributions coming from The New York Times, BBC, ABC News, Al Jazeera, The Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, and more.

Users can visit the channel directly at and from here they can subscribe so that they never miss an upload, be it a reflection on the Watergate scandal, an exploration into the secret world of child brides, or this animated short that addresses the hidden cost of hamburgers in infographic style.


Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic