The folks down at seem to have come up with a novel idea for organizing an overflow of video stories by narrowing it down to geo-data points on a very nicely designed interactive map. They aren’t focused on journalism, but that doesn’t mean it can’t inspire us.

I think it’s worth checking out, and here’s 3 reasons why:

1. Location: The geo-data isn’t only cool; it adds a layer of understanding and usefulness for viewers.

2. Empower: Viewers can find their own city block and be encouraged to jump in to start creating their own videos; we like anything that brings about new voices in video storytelling.

3. Filter: One of the most innovative aspects of MyBlockNYC is the filtering capability. Using the filter icons you can select videos made by tourists or, conversely, videos made by locals. You can specify the sex and age of the filmmakers you want to search for. Filtering by video topic is an option too, even by the time of day and season the video was made.