The word from Reuters

Reuters editor in chief, David Schlesinger, has tweeted some scoops from Davos, apparently scooping the wire. “I’m using Twitter to live tweet things that interest me and to give a more personal take on what’s going on, so there’s no question I’m stepping outside “traditional” Reuters news journalistic roles,” he says. Terrific blog post from him here: “Am I destroying Reuters standards by encouraging tweeting or blogging?…  I have little patience for those who cling to sentimental (and frankly inaccurate) memories of the good old halcyon days of journalism that were somehow purer and better than a world where tweets and blogs compete with news wires and newspapers.” Great stuff; very inspirational while also facing up to the media, ethical, technological and spelling challenges. Reuters, almost above all other news providers, matters; and will shape how this functions.



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