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Erica Anderson’s 5 Tips for Journalists on Twitter | Mediashift | PBS

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Erica Anderson, via her website, EricaAmerica.

via Erica Anderson’s 5 Tips for Journalists on Twitter | Mediashift | PBS.


If anyone knows the power of Twitter for journalism, it’s Erica Anderson, who helps journalists and public figures make the most of the platform.

Anderson, product marketing manager for Twitter, launched an online toolkit for journalists, Twitter for Newsrooms in 2011. That year, she also co-produced the first online Town Hall session for Barack Obama, when he became the first U.S. President to live tweet.

Before that, she was digital strategist for CBS News anchor Katie Couric in New York. Anderson earned her Twitter handle @EricaAmerica when she was covering the 2008 Presidential Election for MTV News.

“As someone who’s studied journalism, for me there’s this kind of intereconnectedness between Twitter and our industry that’s really inherent and compelling,” she said during an Oct. 3 presentation at the International Center for Journalists. “I look at Twitter as a fundamental tool to break and share news, to drive conversation around what interests you and to engage your audience.”


It’s not Twitter — this is just the way the news works now — Tech News and Analysis

Twitter was wrong — but so were CNN and CBS

The most obvious example of how error-prone the reporting was by both traditional and non-traditional players was the identification of Ryan Lanza as the shooter, and the subsequent publicizing of the Facebook profile page of someone with the same name. For almost an hour, CNN was reporting Lanza as the suspect and showing a screenshot of his alleged Facebook page, until it suddenly stopped doing so. As it turned out, Ryan Lanza is the shooter’s brother, and the confusion may have arisen because Adam Lanza — the 20-year-old man whom officials say pulled the trigger at the school in Newtown, Conn. — was carrying identification that belonged to his brother.

The confusion over the shooter’s identity was just one of many examples of the false information that flowed freely during the incident: both the television news and social media also reported that Lanza walked into a school classroom and shot his mother, who was a teacher at the school — but it now appears that his mother was not a teacher at the school, and that she was shot at the home they shared in Newtown. It was also reported that Lanza used two, three, four and even five guns during the incident (police officials say that he had three — two handguns and a .223-caliber assault rifle).

via It’s not Twitter — this is just the way the news works now — Tech News and Analysis.

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