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(WNN) GLOBAL Media: Twitter is now being used to bring the most relevant and recent news in the world.“Twitter is widely regarded as an essential digital news gathering tool as it is able to distribute information much faster than even the traditional news agencies.,” says news agency France 24.
“The phenomenon is known as “crowd sourcing” where hundreds, thousands, sometimes even millions of people post information on a specific topic. The sheer volume of information coming from such a wide diversity of sources is what makes Twitter such a valuable resource for journalists,” continued France 24.
Although not all reports on Twitter are correct, and come with a need for fact checking, the use of twitter as a media vehicle for breaking news and information sharing has brought landmark achievements to the realm of news reporting.
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On January 31, 2012 the BBC School of Journalism highlighted the work of BBC journalist Philippa Thomas as she shared how court reporting is now opening up quickly to allow journalists to tweet the action with news as-it-happens. In her panel discussion, Thomson talks (see video below) with BBC School of Journalism website editor Matthew Eltringham to share her use of twitter during her coverage of a UK murder case and how she tweeted live as the verdict came down into the court.
“Twitter has become THE FASTEST way to get information about breaking news events anywhere in the world and now plays an increasingly important role in the global news industry,” added France 24.
WNN – Women News Network has been involved with twitter for the past four years. Our tweets help to bring insight, informative data and on-the-ground conditions for global women to the larger public.
The Lawrence case in the UK involved the 1993 murder of a black teenager. During court proceedings the accused were found guilty. Twitter was used by the BBC to bring the very first hand report on the sentence to the public that was handed down from court that day. This panel discussion hosted by the BBC School of Journalism highlights BBC journalist Philippa Thomson’s comments on her own use of twitter to report the news.
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