Reuters to Reporters don't scoop the wire by posting Breaking News on Twitter

Twitter appears to be a problem for the news wires as breaking news can be sent around the world in a matter of seconds.  Reuters is asking it’s reporters not to scoop the wire by posting breaking news on Twitter.  Politisite’s Twitter account is used for just that, to break political news on twitter ahead of the wires.

Reuters recently released an update to their handbook with a section on “Reporting from the Internet and using social media.” In addition to basic commonsense guidelines, one message stood out: Don’t scoop the wire.

Many reporters currently use Twitter as both a reporting tool and service for getting out breaking news faster. But Reuters wants their journalists to be very clear one on thing, you shouldn’t be breaking stories before they go out on the wire.

It seems like pretty good advice, right? Why undercut the basic premise of their business by spilling their ledes all over Twitter, right?

It’s a good short-term policy, protecting the core of their business, but ultimately real-time services like Twitter are going to really give old-fashioned newswires a run for their money. Sure, the amount of reporting you can squeeze into 140 characters is minimal, but for getting breaking news out fast and to a large number of people, social media is remarkably effective.

via Reuters Discourages Breaking News on Twitter – Technorati Blogging.

About Albert N. Milliron 6991 Articles
Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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