Friday, May 8, 2009

In other words, "Because we're lazy"

The National Post's Ron Nurwisah reports that:

"One of the reasons why journalists love Twitter is the immediacy of the microblogging platform. By looking at trending topics and using twitter search we can keep an eye on breaking news from around the world."

You Twitter Generation reporters have it so easy. Back in my day, journalists had to hang around phone booths and eavesdrop on conversations in order to stay on top of breaking news.

Sometimes, we'd wander around school yards and shopping malls and ask people "what are you doing?" in the hopes that we'd learn of a breaking development taking place in the Middle East or about a typhoon in Australia.

They say that at the Washington Post some of the reporters would hang around reading the news wires becuase they felt the source was more reliable and the method more efficient, but I don't believe it.

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