PBS NewsHour Brings BP to the People

Today at 3:30 pm ET, PBS NewsHour is partnering with YouTube’s Citizen Channel to give Americans a chance to ask tough questions of British Petroleum, the oil company largely responsible for the unprecedented environmental and economic catastrophe in the Gulf. Ray Suarez is interviewing Bob Dudley, the CEO of BP’s “Gulf Coast Restoration.” Viewers can start suggesting questions now, read ones already submitted, and give the ones you like best the thumbs up.

This is en exciting example of how public media can collaborate with social media platforms in order to reach a wider audience, engage citizens in participatory accountability journalism and use the media’s privilege of access to connect the people to the powerful. A potential shining moment for public media. When it’s over, come back and tell me what you thought. Did citizens ask the best questions?