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Will good journalism be the first casualty of the digital revolution in the media? part two

Nicholas Brett, Group Editorial Director of BBC Magazines said good journalism is about putting the reader first.

2668080665_8c925d2b06So, while the Daily Telegraph newspaper used to have one deadline, Telegraph.co.uk now has multiple deadlines, because it understands people want news at different points in the day; mainly early in the morning, around lunchtime and then four or five o’clock in the afternoon.

Speedy communication is a key to the internet, so although micro-blogging service Twitter is mainly used for social networking, it is also a useful tool for journalists.

In December last year, Reuters held a Newsmaker press conference with David Cameron, where web readers and Twitter users had their questions put to him. The conference was also webcast live, which helped open it up to a wider audience.

What’s more, Rodney Pinder, Director of the International News Safety Institute said communication plays a major role in journalists’ safety.

In April last year, James Karl Buck, a graduate journalism student from the University of California, Berkeley, and his translator Mohammed Maree, were arrested in Mahalla, Egypt for photographing an anti-government demonstration.

Mr Buck used his mobile phone to send the message “Arrested” to alert his Twitter followers. In turn, they contacted Berkeley, the US Embassy and the press.

Within 24 hours of his arrest, Mr Buck was released and able to tweet “Free” from his phone.

Biz Stone, cofounder of Twitter said: “[the story] highlights the simplicity and value of a real-time communication network which follows you wherever you go.”


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Dominos Pizza defends reputation on Twitter after YouTube video shows employees abusing food

Dominos Pizza has defended its reputation on Twitter after an employee posted a video on YouTube showing a staff member abusing food at the fast food restaurant.

This story was first published on Telegraph.co.uk here.
Since writing the story, I have learnt that Ms Hammonds’s videos are still online on The Consumerist website.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Kristy Hammonds, 31, and Michael Setzer, 32, were fired from a Conover branch of Dominos in North Carolina on Tuesday and have been charged with distributing prohibited foods after the footage of a man who appears to be Setzer passing wind on a sandwich and shoving cheese up his nostril was posted on the video-sharing website.

One video appeared to show an employee putting cheese up his nose and passing wind on a sandwich. As he appeared to tamper with the food, a woman said: “In about five minutes it’ll be sent out on delivery where somebody will be eating these, yes, eating them, and little did they know that cheese was in his nose and that there was some lethal gas that ended up on their salami.”A spokesman for the company said that there was no evidence that anyof the food that had been tampered with had been served to customers.

The company only discovered the videos when a blogger alerted them on Monday. The videos was viewed more than one million times before being removed from the site.

The employees claimed the video was only a stunt and not real. Miss Hammonds apologised to the company in an email message on Tuesday morning. She wrote: “It was fake and I wish that everyone knew that!!!!

“I AM SOO SORRY!”Dominos Pizza responded by posting its own YouTube video featuring an apology from its president, Patrick Doyle. He said: “This was an isolated incident in Conover North Carolina.

“There is nothing more important or sacred to us than our customers trust.

“It sickens me that the acts of two individuals could impact our great system.”

It also set up a Twitter account, @dpzinfo, to respond to comments. Their tweets were quite informal and thanked customers for their support. One said: “To all that have messaged, RT’d or given a vote of confidence: THANK YOU! It’s been a heck of a day, but we’re glad to be out here with you.”

But elsewhere on Twitter public reaction was mixed.

Today, one tweeter called jonezing4pizza said: “Two idiots won’t prevent me from buying Dominos. Their Brooklyn pizza rocks!”

But another person called MAVinBKK said: “I will never eat a Dominos pizza again! Or even never eat anything again!”

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Has Twitter lost its tweeting charm?

Twitter is becoming more successful by the day, but there is a backlash against its growing popularity by some of those who were using it before it hit the big time.

But could it really sell out?

One reason journalists find Twitter so useful is because it is quite simply a good way of networking and then getting a message to everybody, at once, very quickly.

Last month, James Cameron said social networking has got too big, and I agree I do find it harder to follow as much as I would like to, when there are so many more people tweeting so very much and quickly.

But, the problems which arise from the growth of Twitter are problems which are on the internet in general.

There is just so much information and it is quite a task to strike a balance between being disciplined enough to be focused on what is necessary, and keep an eye on everything else, in case something useful pops up.

You need eyes in the back of your head to keep up with Twitter

You need eyes in the back of your head to keep up with Twitter

Like the internet, Twitter is an open platform which anyone can join and contribute to.  As Jess Best said, some long time-tweeters, such as Charlie Brooker are twelitist (snobby about who is joining Twitter and the usefulness of thier tweets).

The internet is not like television, radio or newspaper becuase it is owned by the people who use read it and write it – the people formally known as the audience. Twelitism, is at heart, an innabilty of some people to accept they just cannot own Twitter.

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

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Tweeting News

Are Witnesses Breaking News on Twitter?

Breaking news on Twitter is a good way to direct traffic to news websites. But could non-professional tweeters’s witness accounts pose a threat to them by breaking news first?


In his lecture, Rory Cellan Jones showed how he had used Twitter Search to find the first tweets about the attacks in Mumbai.


He found they were not witness accounts, but links to already existing news stories, or people tweeting they had heard the news. This suggests people are still turning to official news sources for the latest stories.


I searched the phrase “I just saw” in the hope I might discover someone breaking news on Twitter.

On December 15 at 10.08 pm, Sara Wilcox said: “I just saw a lady eating a GIANT bowl of brussels sprouts.”

Brussels under the tap

Brussels sprouts: worth tweeting about

Three minutes later, Kyoodle said: “I just saw a guy get stood up in a restaurant. Wow, that stinks.

Then studiolaguna said:just saw “In Her Shoes” it is really good for a chick flick…I liked it…probably because my life is like that at the moment.

A search on the phrase: ‘”I just heard” came up with more promising results. Some people were tweeting their experiences of severe weather conditions in America.

Writeinmovement said: “just heard a huuuuge gust of wind out here in Beaverton…I hope I don’t get blown away trekking down town tomorrow :/.”

Jeff Jarvis said on his blog: “Twitter is becoming the canary in the news coalmine. It stands to reason: If you’ve just gone through such a major event, you are sure to want to update your friends about it. If enough people are all chattering about [China’s] earthquake at the same time, that’s a good and immediate indication of a major news story.”

But when I searched the two phrases, most people were tweeting they had just heard the news a journalist lobbed a pair of shoes at George Bush at a press conference in Iraq.

Even when people aren’t directly affected by major events, they are still affected by the news and still want to tell friends.  It does seem Twitter, at the moment,  is more about discussing news than breaking it.

Bush ducks lobbed shoe

Bush ducks lobbed shoe

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