Twitter for Reporting the News

The events surrounding the reporting of Michael Jackson’s death last week bring up issues with news reporting that I think are worth discussing. Granted, this discussion isn’t new, but it’s interesting, at least to me. Twitter offers a new channel to reporters, due to its immediacy and network effects, i.e. it’s very quick to publish… Read More

Citizen Journalism Gets a Test

Twitter has a pretty impressive list of news stories its users have broken and covered more accurately than mainstream news outlets. To name a few: Hudson River plane crash Iranian election riots Several earthquakes in multiple countries, e.g. Southern California, Mexico City Wildfires every year, e.g. Fall 2007 Terrorists attacks in Mumbai Virginia Tech shootings… Read More