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I Found My Brain! (and some stories about Twitter)

My brain finally shifted into school mode this week, which was a welcome change to the lethargy and apathy I’d previously felt.  However, I was lazy for so long that I’ve spent the whole week catching up without much time for anything else.  Hence, we’ll have an abbreviated edition of Journalism Friday.

There were a lot of questions after last week’s post about Twitter — particularly asking about how journalists might use it.  Conveniently, MediaShift, one of my favorite sites about new media, published two articles this week that give some great examples of how Twitter might change journalism.

The first is about how Australian journalism students used Twitter to help cover the Australian elections from Canberra.  It discusses how Twitter was useful in this outside-the-classroom experience, as well as some things that didn’t go as smoothly as planned.

The second article is about how citizens (not journalists) used new media to cover the Hudson River crash last month even before PR professionals or journalists could get to the scene.  The article doesn’t address Twitter specifically, but I think it gets at some of the idea behind journalists becoming familiar with social media.

Photo by flickr user Dano

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  • Eva February 6, 2009, 3:36 pm

    I’m glad you found your brain! I always hate waiting for mine to switch from vacation to school mode. 🙂

  • Kim February 9, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Eva: No kidding. It took a really, really long time to convert this semester, I don’t know what’s up!