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The Chapter: News Media on Twitter

You have been waiting a long time, here it is: *drumroll* My final chapter for the UW Twitter Book!

Final? Well no, no story is ever final. But this version is supposed to go in print! Hence, if you find any errors, missing links etc., please let me know! Become my editor ;-). I hope you enjoy reading:

News Media on Twitter

“Look, we are going down, brace for impact!”[1]

Passenger Jeff Kolodjay sat near the engines of the A320 bound to Charlotte, NC from New York, when a loud bang and the smell of smoke filled the cabin on January 15th 2009. He said his prayers when the captain announced the plane would hit the frigid Hudson River. All passengers survived.

Janis Krums was on a nearby passenger ferry when he witnessed the plane crash into the Hudson. He called 911, took the first snap shot of the floating plane. The picture made him famous, appearing in several news papers the following day.[2]

The first image of the “Miracle on the Hudson”, was not taken by a journalist, but by an amateur who happened to be on the scene.[3] The incident was a praise for Citizen Journalism and fed an ongoing conversation about the death of traditional [4]Journalism and News Media.

Easy access to reporting technology, Blogs and Social Media sites like Twitter has indeed created a possibility for citizens to participate in the reporting of news. But does that mean that traditional Journalism is dead?
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Please Review! Twitterbook: The News Media Vertical (2nd draft)

This is the second version of my planned vertical on NewsMedia for the UWTwitterBook

Red text needs work and commentaries, black hopefully doesn’t 😉

Chapter x : NewsMedia on Twitter
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Open House Journalism – Twitter Profile: John A. Byrne

This profile was written for the University of Washington Twitter Book.
John A. Byrne, if you read this, please answer our Q&A!

John A. Byrne is one of the most open journalists I have found on Twitter. He allows people to peek into his virtual newsroom and takes their suggestions.

John A Byrne is the Editor-in-Chief of Business week and an outspoken fan of Twitter. In a video on the Business Week website, he talks about the people he follows as well as his own use of Twitter. This video is what brought me to his profile in the first place. The reason? John A Byrne is a Journalist who gives a real inside scoop – he shares with Twitter what will be BusinessWeek’s news of tomorrow!

John A Byrne opens the newsroom to the reader, but he forgot to water the plants!

John A Byrne opens the newsroom to the reader, but he forgot to water the plants!

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Class Notes: Journalists on Twitter – Brian M. Westbrook & Linda Thomas

Notes on Class Speakers – July 28th, 2009


  • Social Media guy for Sandusky Radio
  • Radio shows on Twitter span a wide range. Good example: @TheSquare , which brings its Twitter to the News broadcast, like CNN does it now.
  • You can’t force people into using Social Media. You get the most useful information when people are actually motivated and interested.
  • Spent a lot of time to create and manage his brand.

Linda Thomas @thenewschick

  • Did not know what to do with Twitter at first, then approached it as a broadcaster
  • “On Twitter it is not about who you are, but about what you have to say”; then I just changed to communicating
  • you don’t own your brand like a news anchor doesn’t own credibility. All you own is your name, and you can build credibility, but you can lose it just as fast. You can control it to some extent with what you are tweeting, but you can’t control the outcome

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