Twitter as a tool for credible journalism is rapidly gaining popularity. Broadcast and print journalism sources are utilizing the new media to reach readers faster than ever.
However, Twitter in journalism is still hotly debated. Craig Kanalley is an avid blogger on real-time news, social media, and the future of journalism and current contributor to the Huffington Post. Also, he is the founder of Breaking Tweets. Less than a year ago, Kanalley posted a list of 10 pros and cons of Twitter for journalists on Twitter Journalism. In the post, Kanalley says he thinks the “the pros far outweigh the cons.”
A recent example of controversial Twitter use in journalism can be found in a New York Times article. During a brutal murder trial, local journalists in Connecticut tweeted from the court room.
The article addresses many of the pros and cons from the Kanalley’s blog. For example, the lack of an editing process. A reporter from The New Haven Register was quoted in the article saying, “It’s a little scary. You’re reporting and there’s nobody to edit you but yourself.”
Twitter in journalism is an interesting debate. As students we will find ourselves in the heart of a changing industry. What are your thoughts?