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Does using social media make you a better journalist?

January 15, 2010

newsrewiredBBC 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:

  1. Blogging has redefined notions both of what constitutes a story is and of what a is meant by a deadline, and is improving journalism.
  2. Journalism has never been healthier but he was glad not to be starting out in the trade
  3. 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.

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