My goal: Get the news out quickly and accurately, respond to the public and gather news. In a breaking news situation, rumors run rampant on Twitter. I use my background as an editor and a journalist to carefully but quickly get facts out there as we verify them. I also am not afraid to ask for help from the community. I sent a tweet early in the day asking witnesses to call one of our reporters. He received several great calls that ended up running in blogs and in print. I also sent out a tweet asking for Twitpics. Again, we got a great response. We put them in a gallery, I tweeted the link to the gallery and thanked those who contributed. I always try to thank people when they go out of the way to help us.
This is a really good read. Quigley has great tips in how to bring journalistic skills to a new platform, something that can be lost when trying to push breaking news on a new distribution platform like twitter.See all archived log entries »