It’s evident that this generation is powered and lead by social media; we see things and we feel we need to record it onto a social media platform, be it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or anything of the sort. We are controlled by letting others know what we are doing, how we are feeling and what we are thinking. This powerful tool, however, is taking over the and spilling from the general public to journalists using it for their benefit; to move forward with the new generation.
Mu Lin, a blogger, explains how live-blogging about a certain event can be beneficial to journalism and its students in this article. The advantages of live-blogging, or “real-time reporting”, are about having a subject that people are excited about or want to know about at that instant moment, such as award shows or conferences. Even weather updates on serious conditions are popular among the general public. This strategy of live-reporting makes it easier for others to tune-in without having an actual television or radio by their side. Our mobile phones now do all of the work and present an opportunity for more exposure when reporting certain types of news.
Twitter is also a great commodity for a journalist. The opportunities to use Twitter as a valuable tool to report and break news is increasing as more users join everyday. Steve, Buttry was once challenged by a journalist who said that twitter was not valuable, and fought back with 10 ways Twitter is Valuable to Journalists.
Like the title of blog post says, journalists have it easy. But not that east. Breaking news on Twitter is wonderful, when accurate. That’s the first rule: always be accurate and precise. Although breaking news on Twitter is the easiest way to get news out fast and is number one on Buttry’s list, the repercussions of it are not something anyone wants to be a part of.
Twitter can also be used to follow other important news organizations and newsworthy individuals which can help in tweeting events or facts that are relevant to the media. Crowdsourcing is also an important tool that Twitter can help with; letting the people of Twitter make a decision, choose, or have their opinion voiced gives the journalist a different perspective and keeps them objective on the issue or situation. Gathering community quotes and searching for sources also is a good way to use Twitter if it cannot occur in person.
You can see that having a blog or Twitter may be a waste of time… Or it can be used when used right. Both of these platforms can make a journalists’ life easier and interesting. The trick is to use these platforms in such a way that they will help you in how to report effectively and true to your core. Happy writing!