Twitter Changes the Game for Reporters

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

With the arrival of the 21st Century, journalism has had to evolve to keep up with reader's demands. In this new, technological age, social media websites have completely changes the journalistic world. Social media sites, especially Twitter, provide readers with constant, immediate news. This has created a more competitive working environment for reporters to break the stories first.

Additionally, journalists cannot simply be reporters in this changing business. They must also become editors, multi-media experts, and marketers to develop a brand for themselves in a way that makes them stand out from their competitors. They have to know how to do it all.

Twitter gives journalists tools they never dreamed would have been possible in the past millennium. This website allows journalists to watch for trends, establish sources, share and develop their stories, and brand themselves to millions of followers almost instantaneously. Plus they can do this all in the palm of their hand.

This one website has also changed the way readers get their news. The days of the newspaper are a thing of the past; replaced by LED screened cellphones and tablets. Readers want to know what is happening "now" not what happened yesterday, or even ten minutes ago. If journalists want to be successful in today's field, then it is essential they get with the times and use the resources in front of them wisely.

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Ben Rodgers September 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM  

Twitter and other social media tools are great in the journalism fields. It is making jobs a lot easier for journalists and is making it easier for people to locate their news. The only down side is that it may start to make television, radio, and newspapers more obsolete.

Jessalyn Holdcraft September 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

This reminds me of a comment made at the SPJ in St. Louis University. David Sheets held up his smartphone and says, "This is your newsroom." I think for instantaneous reporting such as updating scores at a sporting event, but I believe there is still a place in news for laptops, cameras, and real newsrooms.

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