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July 23, 2009

ENTROPY UPDATE: 140 CHARACTER NEW JOURNALISM

David Brewer, Poynter Online - Imagine if a journalist writing a breaking news story online tweeted each element of the story as soon as the information were verified.

The work flow would look something like this:

- Check facts, write headline, tweet it.
- Check facts, write first paragraph, tweet it.
- Check facts, write second paragraph, tweet it.
- And so on . . .

Imagine if the tweets from a journalist at the scene of a breaking news story slotted neatly into a Web page displaying those tweets as a paragraph-by-paragraph build-up of the story, complete with any tweeted images needed to illustrate it.

Taken a step further, if the news organization is a broadcaster, the same text could be picked up and adapted for a radio voice piece or a TV voice-over.

Each paragraph of the online story would have retweet buttons so that audience members could forward only the parts of the story that interest them and are likely to interest their social network. . .

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Warhol said everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. It seems that in the age of twitter, it has become 140 characters of fame.

July 24, 2009 11:39 AM  

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