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Journalism has and is still assisting many people throughout the world. Journalists revolutionized the use of a paper and quail eventually transforming it into twitter and Facebook. The power of the digital era is assisting many journalist of today in turn helping them to build their creditability as an authorities figure that people can rely on.

 

Now who said that 140 characters could never be put to use by a journalist? By surprise it is proven that the short messages produced by journalist have been very useful according to Marshall Kirkpatrick who wrote an article called How We Use Twitter for Journalism. Twitter is fast, efficient, and to the point. When journalist face a crucial event that needs to be announced immediately, they’re certainly not going to pull out their laptop and start typing out a story right then and there. By the time they’ve finished someone who is smart enough to use the advantage of twitter has stolen your top story and is being glorified for capturing the event just through 140 characters.

 

Twitter allows journalists to provide the main fact for each story that is posted. Its’ useful purpose allows readers to get information right then and there rather then reading an entire article. It’s fast and easy to use. Journalists’ I feel are very competitive when it comes to twitter. Since you can basically sum up a story within a sentence journalist are always competing against each other to see who has posted the story first. Creating ease for readers to get the most breaking news stories twitter has given an advantage not only to the readers, but journalist. An example of this could be the Boston Marathon bombing and how people at the event were instantly tweeting about what had occurred. In the use of the event twitter had actually assisted authorities by uncovering more information about the suspected bomber through the tweets he had posted two hours after the event had occurred.

 

Although twitter has a disadvantage of writing an entire story for readers, it does inform readers in a simple and informative way so that they can get a point of what breaking news is currently happening at that very moment. Twitter has many uses whether it’s from social networking or using it as a journalistic approach; it is a great way to be informed. The use of twitter has provided journalist with an advantage by updating their readers or followers with the information that they need. Twitter can be easy to use by all so don’t be a quitter…USE TWITTER!