Tag Archives: Twitter

Storify

4 Apr

I had a lot of fun creating my Storify. It allowed me to be an observer of a situation that I was actually sort of involved in. A few of my followers even tweeted to me about how much they liked my commentary. I think Storify lets people use Twitter as a fun platform. It doesn’t necessarily have to tell a news story, it can also let people share life’s silly moments.

Live tweeting unethical if subjects are named

14 Mar

Andy Boyle’s piece couldn’t exactly be called journalism. However, it certainly appeals to human interest, and people are bound to read Boyle’s account of what happened. As far as ethics goes, I think it would have been a bit unethical to post this if the couple’s names were mentioned. Still, since Boyle took pictures of the couple, they may be able to be identified by a Twitter user, although the likeliness of this is small since we don’t know which Burger King Boyle is tweeting from. It may not be tasteful to be publish this, but Boyle’s “storytweets” are definitely likely to be retweeted.

Similarly, last year actor and comedian Donald Glover tweeted a picture of a couple hooking up at a Bank of America ATM. Although Glvoer did not identify who the couple was, police could find this picture on Twitter and possibly find out who the perpetrators are. However, since the picture quality is poor, the couple may not be able to be identified and it could just be a good laugh for Twitter users.

Tweeting a great social media tool that should be fact-checked

14 Mar

Twitter has become a part of daily life. It is second nature for many of my friends to tweet about what they’re doing almost every hour of their day.

Sometimes I wish I could grab my friends by the shoulders, shake them and tell them that Twitter can also be used (more effectively) as a news outlet. Lately I have been using Twitter to promote my blog on ‘90s nostalgia, as Mallory Jean Tenore of Poynter suggests. I’m not sure how well it has been working for me, but at least I’m getting it out there.

In an attempt to organize my tweets, I created a “news outlets” list so that I could have all my tweets from newspaper websites in one place. If I made my list public so that it could be shared, journalists could use this as a way to find breaking news, therefore coming up with new story ideas.

Although tweeting a finished story to sources may sound like a good idea, if you write for a local newspaper, some of your older sources may not have a Twitter, so it would still be a good idea to email or call each said source and tell them to either pick up a newspaper to see the story or send them said news story via email.

Tweeting parts of a story is also effective, since the whole point of Twitter is to spark conversation. This helps people interact more with their news. Reactions to a story via tweets can also make a great article. In short, on Twitter, anyone can be a journalist or publisher. However, Mathew Ingram of Gigaom makes a good point when he says this new “networked journalism” has made news a bit more chaotic. Instead of looking to one prominent newspaper/reporter for our news, we have many outlets, which is great but can also be a bit repetitive. Many people like to tweet the same stories over and over again.

Because of Twitter’s many benefits to the world of journalism and social media, you could say that the site has become a worldwide sensation. However, Mark Hill of Cracked.com argues that it indeed has become a sensation — only in the U.S., that is. It isn’t too surprising to me that people in the Middle East barely use social networking, since there are many third-world countries in the area, meaning a supply of computers is scarce. Although Hill is probably right, I disagree with him when he writes that social networking is a terrible source for news. Yes, people may tweet inaccurate information sometimes, but since Twitter is not an actual “news site,” it is up to us to figure out the truth. Research is still important.

Reporters should not depend on Twitter entirely for their stories; they need to check the facts first, as is common journalistic practice.

Twitter story

17 MarOlivia FeldmanOlivia Feldman ‏ @oliviarianne 

This is Olivia Feldman live tweeting from a bus filled with alcohol on the way to Wet N Wild. Happy St. Patty’s! #shotbus

17 MarOlivia FeldmanOlivia Feldman ‏ @oliviarianne 

A girl in a Gator blazer is walking around telling us “You want a shot” while holding a bottle of rum. #shotbus

Someone turns to their friend and says, “This is gonna be a long bus ride.” #shotbus

My seat neighbor is explaining the differences between different types of pigs. #shotbus

The soft country music does not reflect the mood on this vehicle.#shotbus

17 MarOlivia FeldmanOlivia Feldman ‏ @oliviarianne 

After going onto the Turnpike exit on I-75, a group of people rejoice, “We’re not going to Tampa!” #shotbus


Blogging may replace news stories, detail still important

25 Jan

Blogs are the future of journalism.

I don’t think there is any set definition for a blog. This article clearly shows that no two websites mentioned have the same meaning. The important thing about blogs is that they get information on pretty much any topic imaginable to hundreds of thousands of people in just a few brief paragraphs. With the creation of the Argo Project about one year ago, radio stations were able to spread information on a variety of topics to an average of 400,000 people. It’s pretty incredible to think that a news story filed in separate, incremental updates can be more effective and impactful than a single article. In fact, just yesterday the Argo Project created a Project Argo toolkit for creating niche websites using WordPress. The best part? It’s free. Tools like this are making it so much easier for journalists to spread news and spark discussion.

If a project like this could help inexperienced reporters use Twitter like pros and help them become expert bloggers in a time when social media wasn’t huge yet, imagine what Argo could have been like if it had started this year! Now, news is spread much more through tweets, Facebook statuses, Google+, etc. However, I do still think long entries like blogs are invaluable to the journalism industry, since they provide a good amount of detail and information. People do still want to get all of the facts in a story. I also agree with Matt Thompson, who said blogging partnerships are essential. Although this blog entry mainly concerns pet blogging partnerships, it is a good example of how stepping out of your niche and helping out other writers can be beneficial. In addition, since blogs could very well be replacing newspapers, any good blog needs strong editors just like newspapers do. Even if a reporter thinks his or her work is flawless, he or she usually needs a second eye to look things over. Good editing means good credibility.

Blogs definitely help in developing a large news story by breaking the story up into smaller pieces. If we had blogs back in 1994 when the O.J. Simpson case was going on, people probably wouldn’t even have to be watching the trials every night on TV. There is a dilemma when considering whether blog posts or a longer news story would be more effective in recounting events. I think blog posts are more helpful when there is a developing story; each part can be explained in great detail and space would not have to be saved.

Nowadays, there really is no set way to tell a story. Frequent updates and blog entries are what people depend on. Although some people may see this as a decline in journalistic storytelling, I see it as a way to merely improve storytelling. More people are getting more up-to-date information, and a lot of it is pretty accurate. It will be exciting to see if the Argo Project sparks other blogging projects as well.