Journalism and Twitter

The big story this week, of course, was the death of Osama bin Laden. The most interesting part for the purposes of this class, I think, is how the story was disseminated. It turns out Twitter played a big role. As the New York Times’s Brian Stelter reported, word first leaked out on Twitter. Even more interesting, is that the US raid on bin Laden’s compound was unwittingly live-tweeted by a man who had lives in the neighborhood and wondered why there were helicopters flying in a 1:00 a.m. Mark Glaser’s MediaShift shows how quickly the word spread.

Mashable has a few examples of front pages. I downloaded the examples I showed you in class from the Newseum.


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