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How Twitter Won the Battle for The News.

Tech & Branding

The journalism think-tank Polis, has published an in-depth report looking at the importance of social media to journalism, specifically public service broadcasting, and it highlights how Twitter has come to dominate news.

Many reporters now turn to Twitter for newsgathering, Stuart Hughes, world affairs producer at the BBC says that 80% of his newsgathering is on Twitter compared to only 20% on the wires. Joanna Carr, editor of BBC Radio 4′s news programme ‘PM’ said she “wouldn’t hire anybody who doesn’t know how to use Twitter”.

The report states that Twitter plays a more important role in newsgathering than Facebook, which focuses more on discussion and less on breaking news.

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