The discussion of “Twitizen Journalism”

by Jason Preston on November 26, 2008

Last week I wrote a guest post for TwiTip, the new Twitter blog run by Darren Rowse, of ProBlogger and Digital Photography School. If you don’t already know who he is, you should really look him up.

TwiTip already has a large and active readership after one month (this should tell you how important Darren is), and I thought it would be a great opportunity to ask people about what place Twitter has in journalism, especially in light of how well Mónica’s earlier post on Twitter was received.

I was expecting a lot of really cool conversation in the comments, and that’s exactly what I got.

At the end of my post, I asked people whether they thought that “journalism” was possible on Twitter, or if it could only accommodate “news.” If you’re curious about how I drew the distinction, you should probably just go read the post.

The responses came in all across the board.

Jenny Cromie, of The Golden Pencil, commented:

This is a very interesting idea. After having spent a number of years in the news business, I now use Twitter much like I used to rely on the AP, UPI, Reuters, and other wire services when I was still working at a daily newspaper. I also follow a number of publications via Twitter, and have noticed that news seems to break on Twitter faster than anywhere else—even before stories are posted to a publication’s Web site. Experiencing the role that Twitter played in the election coverage this year was certainly an interesting development.

But from the writing standpoint, I don’t think that Twitter will ever replace traditional news stories. I see it as more of a tool for promoting content rather than replacing it.

Whereas Bai Zaijain (follow him @bzijian) contends:

Journalism? Yes, probably. Journalism doesn’t really lie in what the medium the news source is transmitted in though. 140 character isn’t really the concern here as with a few program tweaks, that limit can be lifted code wise for selected twitter (or authorized) users.

What do you think? Go ahead and join the conversation on TwiTip. Comments are closed on this post because I want you to add your thoughts over there!

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