Do you find yourself relying on YouTube too much for news? Before you condemn yourself as a self-confessed YouTube junkie, it seems that you’re not the only one addicted to the video-sharing website. According to a report published on Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, more and more viewers are now turning to YouTube for eyewitness videos, especially in times of major events and natural disasters. The report was based on a 15-month research and it revealed that events, such as the Japanese tsunami last year and the turmoil in the Middle East, were among the most-watched videos.

While the research revealed that news on television still holds the record for viewership, YouTube’s growing digital environment especially in the area of journalism is even more interesting. “There’s a new form of video journalism on this platform,” said Amy Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “It’s a form in which the relationship between news organizations and citizens is more dynamic and more multiverse than we’ve seen in most other platforms before.”

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