Twitter complements, supplements and enhances newsgathering. Not bad for 140 characters.

I’ve put together some thoughts on the impact social media can have on conventional newsgathering over at the Press Gazette.

Using an example from my days working at Channel 4 News and drawing on an interesting post by Austrian radio journalist Nadja Hahn, I make the point that:

Social media doesn’t replace conventional media; and new techniques don’t replace old. However, social media does extend reach and, invariably, accelerates the newsgathering process. It complements, it supplements, it enhances. Not bad for 140 characters.

You can read the whole thing here.

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