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Twitter Used to Deliver Nevada Caucus Results

Typically when an American news organization provides live election night results, it comes over their Associated Press feed, a subscription that costs thousands and thousands of dollars a year to use. But on Saturday night, the night of the Nevada Caucus, Twitter was also used to deliver live results, directly from their source, the Nevada Republican Party.

The feed, @NVVoteCount, was a partnership between the Nevada Republican Party and Twitter. It used a standard data format — which is also how the AP delivers results to its subscribers. The key difference, of course, was that Twitter was used as the delivery mechanism. Read more

When Tweeting Can Cost You Your Job, What About Retweets?

Last week, The Associated Press updated its social media guidelines to address the issue of retweets. Since then, the new guidelines’ concern with bias and objectivity sparked much online debate from reporters, social media enthusiasts, and media critics alike. David Carr of The New York Times Media Decoder blog tweeted: “AP to staff: Don’t retweet anything with an opinion. http://bit.ly/rKbgDE Good luck with that.”

Jeff Sonderman at Poynter introduced the idea of a “neutral retweet,” placing “NT” at the beginning of a retweet to convey: “I do not necessarily agree with this statement, but I thought it was notable enough to call to your attention.” While many in the Twittersphere concurred with this idea, for some, it brought up more fundamental issues of objectivity and journalism.

At GigaOm, Matthew Ingram lamented the requirement that journalists pretend not to have opinions, saying this suggests, “viewers or readers are too stupid to figure out where the truth lies.” He argues that these social media policies actually make things worse, and has recommended positive social media policies that tell journalists how to tweet instead of what not to tweet. Read more

AP updates social media guidelines to address retweets

The Associated Press released new guidelines today on how staffers should handle re-tweets. Here’s the text of the new section of their guidelines.

RETWEETING

Retweets, like tweets, should not be written in a way that looks like you’re expressing a personal opinion on the issues of the day. A retweet with no comment of your own can easily be seen as a sign of approval of what you’re relaying. For instance:

RT @jonescampaign smith’s policies would destroy our schools

RT @dailyeuropean at last, a euro plan that works bit.ly/xxxxx.

These kinds of unadorned retweets must be avoided.

However, we can judiciously retweet opinionated material if we make clear we’re simply reporting it, much as we would quote it in a story. Colons and quote marks help make the distinction:

RT Jones campaign now denouncing smith on education: @jonescampaign smith’s policies would destroy our schools

RT big European paper praises euro plan: @dailyeuropean “at last, a euro plan that works” bit.ly/xxxxx.

These cautions apply even if you say on your Twitter profile that retweets do not constitute endorsements.

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Pros and Cons of the AP’s New iCircular

Today, the Associated Press and 40 newspapers, in association with almost two dozen retail chains, launched the iCircular, a mobile app version of the popular coupons found in Sunday newspapers.

“The iCircular product is a way to match up a historical newspaper marketplace with the new mobile era,” Mary Junck, chairman of the AP’s board of directors’ revenue committee and chief executive of Lee Enterprises Inc., told the Wall Street Journal.

But will this new app sink or swim? Read more

Google and AP Announce New Scholarships for Aspiring Digital Journalists

Here’s another headline to add to the almost never-ending news stories about Google and the Associated Press. But this time, instead of bickering over licensing agreements and the like, the two companies have decided to team up and help student digital journalists. They just announced the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship, a new national scholarship program “targeted to individual students creating innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism.” Read more

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