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If you think Twitter doesn’t break news, you’re living in a dream world

Does Twitter break news? GigaOm says yes in response to an AJR report that makes the case that the “noise” on Twitter doesn’t become news until a “credible” journalism organization confirms it. Bleh to AJR’s view, I say. In a recent talk by @MarkBriggs at CU, a roomful of students were asked where they get their news, and Twitter, Facebook and Reddit came up, but only one student mentioned a primary news source: CNN. 

Passing it on is the new media: Sharing, re-blogging, re-tweeting on Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook & Twitter

You don’t need to create original content, you can pass on content. It’s a new way to think of media and authoring. “…in future, the most viral stories are going to have a life of their own, being shared across many different platforms and being read by people who will never visit the original site on which they were published.”

Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain's Managing Editor doesn't get Twitter and proudly shows his ignorance in a column

This is sadly too typical of middle- and top- management types in too many newsrooms. The managing editor of the Pueblo Chieftain in southern Colorado, Steve Henson sees social networking as a chore that is not essential to the craft of journalism but merely an irritating necessity to keep those “younger readers” paying attention. So he tweets twice a day on what’s coming up in the paper tomorrow — instead of telling people what’s news now.

He wrote a column, "I feel like a twit while tweeting …" in which he proudly admits he’s an older dinosaur and doesn’t get it.

He makes fun of tweeting — stop the presses! It’s reminds me of the blanket statements traditional news types used to make about all bloggers just a few years ago, that blogging is all done by lonely nerds in their parents’ basements typing away in their underwear and it amounted to nothing but the meaningless minutiae of daily life chronicled in a new kind of journal.

Back then only the most forward-looking newspapers featured blogs on their websites. Today even the Pueblo Chieftain only hosts four staff blogs. That’s a pretty puny commitment to blogging, and out of the four the tech blog and a separate photo showcase are up-to-date, but the entertainment blog’s most recent post is from last February. Not much reason to check back for new insights….

It makes me squirm when I see ill-informed dreck like Henson’s column making fun of digital media, because it shows starkly why newspapers are out of touch with readers — it’s because so many of the managers are. BTW, I’m not “young” — I’m probably older than Henson. And I tweet all the time. I’ve even signed up for his tweets.

Thankfully, the Chieftain’s daytime Web Editor James Amos seems to understand the media industry is inexorably changing and does a much better job tweeting the news on behalf of his newsroom.

10 ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story

Jeff Jarvis muses that in the age of Twitter, news articles are a byproduct

Interesting analysis — Jarvis taking his line of thinking, as he admits he does, to the extreme. However, he does outline the role that articles still play.

Non-profits better be careful of what they tweet about their sponsors

This is pretty unfortunate. 

Is Twitter massively over-rated? New study ranks Americans' use of social media

These numbers don’t surprise me, because we’re still in a transitional stage. As the writer points out, Facebook wasn’t the 900-pound gorilla just a couple of years ago. We’ll see where Twitter goes in the coming years. Maybe it’ll always be relegated to a core of fanatic uber-users and never quite break into the mainstream like Facebook did.

How are print and broadcast newsrooms using Twitter, Facebook & other social media?

Increasingly, for breaking news. but too many still have automated feeds with no personality or human voice that just promote links to articles.

Jay Rosen on the anatomy of a Twitter screwup -- his own

There but for the grace of god….

Can Facebook become a better news reporting tool than Twitter?

The thought of dumping a news website and just going with a Facebook page may not be as crazy as it seems… except of course for the advertising issues. Which is why it won’t happen except for at very small community news outlets.