In this post Daniel Victor, a reporter at the Patriot-News in the US, explains how Twitter helped him find sources for a political story on a slow Sunday night in the newsroom.
While the details of Victor’s newsgathering are certainly interesting, it’s his take-away points for journalists using (or not using) Twitter that are most significant:
- The contacts he found for his story using Twitter came from unexpected places;
- They paid off, because he has taken time to build up a local network on Twitter;
- “(…)Twitter didn’t replace fundamental reporting, it just facilitated it.”
(hat tip @mathewi)