News Outlet Competitor Videos on YouTube

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News Outlet Competitor Videos on YouTube

Highly successful competitor news videos on YouTube include The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia (Full-Length Documentary), CNN reporter trapped with Iraqi forces during ISIS attack, Spent: Looking For Change (Documentary), The Animals of Chernobyl | The New York Times, and Inside Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Below you'll find a rundown of my methodology for including these videos on the list and the list of videos itself, with publication dates and engagement stats for each.

For this submission, I located five videos that are highly viewed substantive news programs or news related video documentaries. I consulted the original submission and your preferred method in order to determine the best way to tackle your request. The logic I used to find the videos relied on some prior knowledge of sources, some subjective decisions, and objectivity in terms of views. Below, I’ll explain the logic in detail and under that I’ll list the videos.


Your criteria were to list five highly successive competitor videos to Mic. Your criteria stated that your metric isn’t simply highly-viewed videos from news sources, which was the problem with the original submission. Instead, you’re looking for substantive news videos with extremely high view counts and engagement. First, I should note that, as the original submission stated, YouTube’s Analytics API doesn’t allow some information to be publicly scraped. Information such as Watch Time is unavailable. My method of linking videos thus had to be both objective and subjective. The objectivity stems simply from view counts for that implies some level of cultural engagement.

Subjectivity stems from how videos were chosen. Vice has several videos that fit your criteria exactly. However, simply including five Vice videos would’ve been an unideal approach. I opted to include videos from a variety of sources as to offer a comprehensive picture of the landscape. I used the recommendations along with my own prior knowledge of the content to find YouTube channels likely to post news content as well as have highly viewed videos.

Some videos have millions of views while not reaching 10 million. This is endemic to the news criteria listed. To create a video that is both substantive and highly viewed is difficult. Vice found an excellent formula for covering topics that can instantly pique one’s interest, such as their well-known North Korea series. On the other hand, the venerable New York Times and even the New Yorker both have informative video content, but they’re nowhere near as viewed as other content on their channels. For the Times, an advertisement, a video on a “nipple artist,” and the full Obama and Romney debate, all outclass the first video which matches your criteria by millions of views. The Young Turks and Slate produce content that is similar to the videos linked with your request, however, some of them lack correspondents that appear on camera as opposed to just narrating.


Name: The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia (Full-Length Documentary)
Views: 14,880,563
Likes/Dislikes: 103K/4K
Organization: Vice
Date: June 13, 2012.

Name: CNN reporter trapped with Iraqi forces during ISIS attack
Views: 12,543,339
Likes/Dislikes: 83K/9K
Organization: CNN
Date: November 6, 2016.

Name: Spent: Looking For Change (Documentary)
Views: 12,161,520
Likes/Dislikes: 15K/743
Organization: The Young Turks
Date: June 4, 2014.

Name: The Animals of Chernobyl | The New York Times
Views: 5,484,975
Likes/Dislikes: 36K/1K
Organization: The New York Times
Date: May 6, 2014.

Name: Inside Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch
Views: 1,000,753
Likes/Dislikes: 2K/576
Organization: Quartz
Date: October 4, 2016.


The five videos linked are from different sources with variations in style but mostly fit your criteria. While the views may not all be 10 million or higher, I’ve found that videos fit your criteria less and generally become more like “clickbait” the higher you go in views. These videos are a good representation of the scope of your request, however.