YouTube has launched a new channel called the "YouTube Reporters' Center" in an attempt to build up the citizen journalism aspect of the video sharing site.

Included on the site are interviews with CBS News' Katie Couric on how to conduct a good interview, as well as tips from Facebook's marketing boss, Randi Zuckerberg on how to distribute content across the social network.

Google says that you'll also be able to: "learn practical and ethical tips, like how to fact check your stories, avoid breaking the law while reporting, and adhere to journalistic principles".

Given that YouTube, and more recently Twitter, has changed the face of news reporting - with many TV channels now routinely showing videos from the service - this looks to us to be a most timely resource for aspiring citizen journalists.