How Social Media Has Changed Journalism

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One of the many stories surrounding Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. forces is how Sohaib Athar inadvertently “live tweeted” the assassination through his @reallyvirtual Twitter account.

Live Tweeting the Assassination

Because of media surrounding Sohaib tweets, he has gone from just a few hundred followers to over 92,000 (and counting) at the time I post this.

It’s just another example (much like the twitpic of the Hudson water landing) of how social media, and especially the immediacy of Twitter, has changed news gathering and the news cycle. Everyone is a potential reporter, editor, photographer and videographer.

Social media has changed the way news is sourced, reported, and distributed. It’s changed the way journalists get their leads, their sources and how they promote and distribute their own stories.

So, although I might have hoped for a slow news day for my publication of my most recent Social Media Examiner article, it only seems appropriate given the topic: How Social Media Helps Journalists Break News. Lots of interesting stories and interviews from journalists, reporters and educators on how social media has changed reporting.

Check it out, retweet it, leave your own comments.

Rich Brooks
Live Tweeting

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