- YouTube has ramped up monetizing. Not only with large banner ads right on the front page at times, but within videos themselves, as well as YouTube promoted videos.
- A cool feature that lets you link to mark specific spots within in your videos.
- Expanded use by of YouTube by Google themselves, with new and expanded Google Channels, and most recently ....
- Brand Channels, expansion of the YouTube Reporters Channel , integration of YouTube videos in Google News, and ...
- The very cool YT Screening Room.
It's important to note that Google IS including 'citizen journalism' video as well as 'unique' news organizations deemed to be 'authoritative' in the news partner program.
With Video and Mobile still on the cutting edge of search and no doubt the continuing next chapter on the Internet, Google wants to be all over this .... and right now, they're offering you a chance to be part of it.
More details on how to be featured on the YouTube News Channel (or other new channel) can be found here (or here). The YouTube Partner program can be found here.