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Follow-up: Who’s Feeding Your News Source?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

This past Friday, the day my last BurrellesLuce Fresh Ideas post came out, I was at BlogPotomac, a social media marketing conference in the Washington, D.C. area. Two of the speakers, Andy Carvin, NPR, and Shel Israel, author of Twitterville, both made a point, which hit home:

Social media allows you and me to be the eyes and ears for the mainstream news media.

Carvin sees a role for the public in helping alert the media to breaking news. Because many news outlets do not have stringers, citizen tweets, status updates, and blog posts, can help alert reporters to stories and trends.

With today’s newsrooms downsizing, reporters do not have time to do as much investigating as they would like. Carvin reminded us that NPR’s newsroom lost over 100 people this past year.

The discussion then turned to the ethics regarding what we should and should not be posting. Although hard to control, the attendees all agreed we should each use our best judgment, and always ask for permission to post pictures of people.

In hindsight, I wish I had at least posted a tweet about the incident I witnessed last week, or called or e-mailed a reporter. I don’t think I will ever assume the media will cover a story unless I see them doing it.

Will you be a stringer for news outlets? What do you think is the impact of this kind of reporting?