First on YouTube: Stories Broken on Video-Sharing Site

From Joplin to Libya, video of major events is appearing first on YouTube.

Sept. 22, 2011— -- quicklist: 1category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: Rebel Videourl: text: Cheap, portable video cameras and the video-sharing site YouTube have transformed news. More and more, the biggest news stories are seen first on YouTube.

For example, as the Arab Spring spread across the Middle East, revolutionaries posted videos on YouTube showing their advance on and taking of the capital city of Tripoli over the summer of 2011.

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quicklist: 2category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: 'I AM NEDA'url: text: It was a YouTube video of Neda Agha Soltan's death that drew international attention to the 2009 Iranian election protests.

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quicklist: 3category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: Blood in the Street url: text: In a graphic video recorded by a bystander, 26-year-old Neda is shown dying after being shot.

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quicklist: 4category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: The Most Witnessed Death in History url: text: After millions of views, Neda's became one of the most witnessed deaths in history, and her face became the symbol of the Iranian revolution.

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quicklist: 5category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: Shooter in Oslo url: text: When a gunman attacked a youth camp on the small Norwegian island of Utoya in July, some of the victims recorded video of the attack and the aftermath, and later posted the clips to YouTube.

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quicklist: 6category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: Japan Tsunami url: text: When news of the tsunami in Japan reached America, millions of Americans went straight to YouTube to witness the disaster. Several homemade videos were recorded and posted on YouTube to show the world sensational eyewitness footage.

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quicklist: 7category: YouTube Breaking Newstitle: Joplin Twisters url: text: When tornadoes struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, YouTube gave storm chasers a media outlet, allowing millions to view their footage of the communities' devastation.

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