Top 5 Emerging News Channels on YouTube

/ Nov 2, 2014


Getting news on YouTube may still sound like a joke to, say, your grandparents, but more and more news outlets are popping up on the platform that deliver high-quality current events coverage while appealing to younger viewers.

As Carlos Restrepo, the head of business development at Outrigger Media, puts it, “The News & Politics category is one of most powerful on YouTube to demonstrate the quality of native producers. We consistently see channels like The Young Turks and SourceFed top traditional media outlets like CNN and New York Times in this vertical.”

Though a version of CNN does make this emerging channels list (which was created using Outrigger’s Emerging Talent Tracker tool), most of the others eschew typical news coverage for a cheekier, more creative, and frankly more fun approach.

5. NowThis

  • SlateScore: 324
  • Total Subs: 1,551
  • Monthy Views: 224,940

Describing itself as “mobile news for the social generation,” NowThis definitely has that rapid fire feel of spouting out plenty of information with lots of cuts to different corresponding clips. The subject matter is both quirky and very worth hearing about–okay, maybe Kenny G as “public enemy number one” in China (the currently featured video) isn’t the most earth-shaking news-wise, but this one arguably is:

4. AFP Live

  • SlateScore: 371
  • Total Subs: 1,705
  • Monthly Views: 18,210

If you want the whole scoop on this YouTube news channel, the homepage will tell you everything you need to know. A much more serious alternative to most of its other internet video news counterparts, AFP Live includes live footage of events like the Oscar Pistorius verdict and visits from the pope, all pretty amazing to have access to via the internet. You can watch the former below, but only if you have four hours and 28 minutes to spare.

3. Fusion

  • SlateScore: 382
  • Total Subs: 2,982
  • Monthly Views: 315,3000

With a strong focus on political protests and “rising up,” Fusion has range when it comes to both tone and video format. Some videos follow a traveling reporter, others cover live footage from protests, and others still feature actor/civil servant Kal Penn telling it like it is talk show style. As per usual, the man manages to sound super smart while embracing juvenile humor.

2. Vox

  • SlateScore: 508
  • Total Subs: 42,381
  • Monthly Views: 2,881,470

The explanatory videos on Vox have a touch of kitsch to them. They cover current topics like the effectiveness of political campaign ads and how worried we in the US should truly be about Ebola. Cartoons and graphs accompany the information in a way that seems distinctly…YouTube, creating a pleasing effect even when you’re learning about not so pleasing subject matter.

1. CNN en Español

  • SlateScore: 547
  • Total Subs: 54,419
  • Monthly Views: 2,334,990

CNN en Español is exactly what it sounds like–CNN in Spanish, for all you English speakers out there. It features pretty much standard news coverage, formatted the way CNN is on television.


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  • Does AFP Live do any live programming? The most recent video on their YouTube page is a month old.


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