Archive for December 23rd, 2008

If you still don’t understand the value of Twitter for covering breaking news, check out how it’s covering two stories breaking today:

Search Twitter for Bethesda or River Road and you will find lots of eyewitness accounts and links to blogs, photos and video about the huge water main break that flooded River Road in Bethesda, Md.

Search Twitter for TVA, sludge, coal ash, pond (this one uses too common a word, but many of the links are still relevant) or #coalash (@agahran suggested that hashtag) and you get lots of tweets (again, first-hand and links) about the TVA disaster.

If you are covering breaking news and you don’t use Twitter as a reporting tool and to spread links to your own coverage, you are practicing 2005 journalism. And it’s nearly 2009.

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