How to break news on Twitter | Social Media in Journalism Today |

“In a live Twitter chat hosted by Muck Rack and moderated by blogger Elana Zak, journalists gathered to share tips on how to deal with the redefined protocol created by social media news-sharing.”


In this post, ijnet (International Journalists' Network) gleans the top tips from a live chat on the subject of breaking news on Twitter. IJNet boils it down to four main points, which you can read for yourself. Of those, my favorite is: Don't cry wolf. New items on Twitter can often be misleading and exaggerated.


Journalists are taking to social media more and more to break news. But not everyone on Twitter is a journalist, and it's important to follow basic standards for accuracy and integrity. As Alex J. Martin, new media specialist at the Record-Journal, said during the chat, “Not every car accident is ‘breaking news.’”

Via Mindy McAdams