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AP Updates Its Stance Towards Twitter For The Third Time This Year

It must be tough to be in the traditional journalism field. Us tech bloggers have cut our teeth on social media, making mistakes and learning the ropes as we grew. But traditional journalists have had it tougher when it comes to social: they have big brother Associated Press telling them what to tweet and what not to tweet.

It’s all in the name of journalistic integrity, of course, but it must be tough for journalists to keep up with the policy changes over at the AP. Today’s change to their social media guidelines marks the third in the past year.
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For The Record, Tweets Cannot Win Pulitzers

The Pulitzer prize is the most coveted recognition for quality journalism in the United States. And they’ve just redefined the meaning of “breaking news” to more accurately represent the real-time nature of the category. But… Twitter has officially been excluded as a medium that could nab a journalist a win.
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New Media Index: Tweeted Links Surge on U.K. Phone Hacking Scandal

The News Corp. News of the World phone hacking scandal marked its third consecutive week atop the list of the most tweeted news articles, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of July 18-22.
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Journalism.co.uk Attempts To Build Master List Of All (1750+) UK Journalists On Twitter

It’s a shame Twitter lists have a maximum of 500 accounts each, or else this would make one super-mega-all-encompassing-news-list for anyone in the UK. Journalism.co.uk has put together the “master list” of all UK-based journalists on Twitter – and there are currently over 1,700 members.
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Journalists: Save $50 On Our Next Boot Camp, And Learn When To Use Twitter In Your Reporting

Mediabistro is offering readers of AllTwitter a $50 discount on our brand-new course, Journalism and Technology Boot Camp. In this 8 week course, you’ll learn (among other things) how and when to use Twitter in your research, reporting and promotion as a journalist in the digital era.
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Will We See Twitter-Only Reporters Soon?

“I think each sports desk could have someone solely concentrating on Twitter.” Spoken by a prominent UK sports journalist, this phrase really made me think: what if we did have Twitter-specific roles for traditional reporters? People whose sole task it would be to monitor Twitter for breaking soccer-related news, interact with soccer fans, and write tweets about soccer – all for a larger news organization.

I guess this begs the question that everyone seems to want to answer lately: is Twitter journalism?
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The Corrections: Can a Third-Party App Stop the Spread of Inaccurate Tweets?

If lack of a correction tool is Twitter’s Great White Fail Whale then Web developer Adrian Holovaty may be its Ahab. The whale raised its head in January when NPR incorrectly reported Rep. Gabriel Gifford’s death after she was shot in Tuscan, beginning a series of serious discussions about how Twitter corrections should be handled. Read more

The Birdy Politic: Fact-Checking the State of the Union in Real-Time

Gone are the days when political junkies would have to wait for a speech to be over before talking heads could endlessly parse each word. The Huffington Post will provide real-time analysis and fact-checking of Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican rebuttal Tuesday night, and, with our incredible shrinking news cycle and the rise of participatory journalism, the approach only makes sense.
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Why Twitter Rocks at Making You a Better Newspaper Reader

Newspapers are dying. Ironically, it’s all over the news — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a healthy dose of journalism anymore. Blogging and other forms of social media have replaced the hard copy newspapers we all used to pay for, but in many cases, these new media sources teach us more about what makes for quality content. Tweets aren’t just replacing newspapers; they’re making us better at reading the news.

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17-Year-Old Twitter User Sets up Impromptu News Network Within Rio Favela

Areal footage of armored vehicles chasing down notorious drug traffickers in one of Rio de Janeiro’s several favelas made its way across the airwaves this weekend, as police operations cracked down on the illegal drug trade there. However, because of a police perimeter and other factors, mainstream media couldn’t enter the favela to report from the ground, and Brazilians were left wondering what exactly was happening to the estimated 65,000 people living in the Complexo do Alemao favela.

But that all changed when a 17-year-old Twitter user began tweeting about the gunfire, smoke and the community reaction through his impromptu news network within the favela.
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