Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tweeting asteroids

The Sunday PG is making a big deal of how the paper is getting into Twitter..

OK. innovation in journalism and all of that.. but the PG Newsroom Twitter Feed lists as one of the very few feeds that it is 'following' as NASA's Asteroid Watch. Should we be more worried than we are, or are they really really pessimistic?

Joking aside...  I have to admit I didn't get twitter.. still don't I am sure.  But folks like Mayo have done some neat things as journalists on Twitter.  Can you imagine the following if the folks doing spot reporting were twittering as they went along during the day. Most journo-twitterers I see are really just using it as an alternative medium to advertise final news stories.  Granted who knows how they would have time to do more, and the whole idea of 'scooping' the competition would become something different.  Some fine line between teasing stories and giving away ones work I suppose. 

But when looking to see what was the latest news on the whole orphan story last week I was fascinated when I saw that Fox News producer Adam Housley, who was tweeting regularly from the Port au Prince airport, just started commenting out of the blue that Ed Rendell was there on the tarmac inexplicably.  As best I can tell, it was the only real coverage from the ground there on the whole situation.. everything else we read kind of after the fact or filtered back through folks like the governor's spokesman or others.  Is that part of the future of news? 


Blogger n'at said...

I welcome this from the P-G and other print media. Twitter is additional materiel in the arsenal that provides the media with access to information. A diversity of sources by varied forms of collection should ensure continued copper bottomed reporting. At this point in time, neither the nipper nor the Old Man can claim the leading light on the issues of the day without a blogger or tweeter taking your statements through the loop. Breaking news will have its issues with precision and accuracy, but those should go by the board before printing.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of tarmacs, news coverage and the orphan story, whose camera crew was first (and only) through the airplane's doors at the PGH terminal? Did the effort (UPMC) have its own videographer stateside?

Sunday, January 24, 2010 6:46:00 PM  
Blogger Burgher Jon said...

"Can you imagine the following if the folks doing spot reporting were twittering as they went along during the day."

I did a post on my blog, about how nice it is that a couple of the MSM in Pittsburgh are also part of the Burghosphere (called out Mayo specifically). I also mentioned Bram, because of the fact that he gets MSM-like access to publicists and candidates.

Perhaps I should have added something about you and Mike Madison who have access to both Academia and the Burghosphere?

Sunday, January 24, 2010 7:56:00 PM  

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