“Reading a newspaper on a street corner might be seen as banal. What’s becoming just as banal is producing news on that street corner,” Pat Kane, co-founder of the Sunday Herald and author of ‘The Play ethic’, said in his opener at today’s Media140 conference.
The growth of social media and online publishing is showing ‘just how quotidian and everyday the practice of journalism becomes in this everyday environment’, he added.
Speaking at the microblogging and journalism event, Kane said there are some key reasons/benefits for journalists using social media tools:
- Beat reporting
- Early warning system– communities decide what’s the news. “Twitter’s the canary in the coal mine – Overlap with trad journalism
- Real-time content
- Traceable sources/interviewees/leads – “How much better can journalism practice be in a civic space?” asked Kane. Social media can be ‘an enrichment of a classic journalistic process’.
- Can you help? – asking readers for tips, feedback etc
- As a promotional tool
- An expertise archive – “Used to be called desk research, now it’s handheld device responsiveness.”
But asks Kane:
“How distributive and collaborative are journalists prepared to be?”
“To what extent might the Darwinian acid that new media is throwing onto organisations transform them?