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Why ABC’s Jon Karl Uses Twitter ‘in Doses’

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In the old days, a good reporter’s responsibilities included pounding the pavement (or the phone), getting the story, and writing it up for that evening’s newscast or next day’s paper.

As ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl tells us in part two of our MediaBeat interview those days are long gone.

Social media has changed the game, adding the need for reporters to both monitor and engage. An early “reluctant adapter” to Twitter, Karl now says it’s impossible to cover his beat without it. But he cautions against overuse: “You can’t be distracted by all that stuff.”

And what advice does he have for up and coming reporters in this new digital age? Don’t forget the basics.

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