http://mediachannel.org/blog/2010/02/twitter-is-not-killing-journalism-journalists-are-killing-journalism/

Twitter as a tool for journalists can be very effective. It can mean the difference between being the first to break the story or just another journalist. Twitter has revolutionized the way reporting is being done, in the same sense as the print paper revolutionized journalism. The demand for information in this society is so great that Twitter serves a very high purpose. The purpose being to fulfill the need for information by journalists. A journalist can tweet something before the late night news runs and be the first on the story. People today want real-time live updates as to what is going on. They won’t wait for the late night news to get their information but, rather they will follow someone else on twitter.

Like every tool though, it can be used improperly and has it’s dangers. As we see in the article above, Twitter can cause your sources to have a lack of faith in you as a journalist if you are constantly tweeting important information. Moreover, as a journalist you could tweet a developing news story and it not materialize making you look bad to all of your followers. You want to be the first to the punch but, with accurate and accountable information for your followers.

Moreover, with more and more athletes and other important people having Twitter, it is important that a journalist is on it due to the fact that stories can materialize on Twitter. Let’s say some famous athlete tweets that he wants his coach fired. Well there is a story that a journalist won’t have unless he or she is on Twitter. The importance of the right use of Twitter for this profession can not be understated.

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