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Does using social media make you a better journalist?
BBC College of Journalism head Kevin Marsh gave the keynote at the News:rewired conference at City University on Thursday and made a series of sharp observations about how social media is changing journalism that were left largely unchallenged by the audience due to the over-running of his slot:
- Blogging has redefined notions both of what constitutes a story is and of what a is meant by a deadline, and is improving journalism.
- Journalism has never been healthier but he was glad not to be starting out in the trade
- Expertise is going to become an ever growing factor in journalism.
There was a lot of reaction to Kevin’s comments in the #newsrw Twitter back channel and I grabbed him afterwards for some more details of the thinking behind his views:
So, social media, used well, might make you a better journalist but whether it makes journalism attractive as a career option is an entirely separate question.