There is a lot of great video out there being made by government operations, at all levels of government. Large cities have sprawling bureaucracies, vibrant neighborhoods, involved citizens and unique answers to their specific challenges. Getting the word out to citizens and building support for projects is a great way for a city to use a web video service.
The web channel we’re saluting for the week of Oct. 25, 2013, is the City of Miami’s YouTube channel. Miami is a diverse city at the crossroads of American and Cuban culture. Located in South Florida, it has special environmental and weather concerns, as well as large influxes of tourists to play among the city’s permanent residents. Its YouTube channel reflects this diversity and environmental matrix in which the city exists.
Miami’s YouTube channel thus has videos about a new harbor referendum, police training concerns, free fruit tree giveaways, possible contamination of a city park and even seemingly mundane items about the re-opening of a mini waste dump. However, these are how a big city responds to the voices of its citizens and its unique location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades. This citizen outreach is exactly what a city needs to do, and Miami does it with reasonably well-produced videos — most of which are in HD.
For its YouTube channel that features videos on a completely different topic of interest every couple of days, Government Video salutes the City of Miami’s YouTube channel.