News Leadership 3.0

November 28, 2008

Links: Bad news covered well on social networks

Terror in Mumbai: Bloggers offer immediacy as they report breaking news

In the shifting dynamic of news gathering and dissemination, established news organizations sill have a role to play in pulling together news reports and analyzing events. But, as the unfolding disaster in Mumbai illlustrates, social media and the citizens who use those tools, bring unprecedented immediacy to the story, and that immediacy may allow us to understand distant stories better than ever before.

To learn more, check out:

India’s Mainstream And New Media Tell Story Of Mumbai Terror Attacks,” a round-up Joe Gandelman. (Link via Jay Rosen on twitter, @jayrosen_nyu)

Amy Gahran at Poynter Online offers tips for Twittering the news when reports are confusing and numerous.
discusses the need to check Twittered news before passing it along.

Last but not least, one of my main sources for Mumbai news and an ongoing source of perspective about international doings, is Global Voices Online.

Update: Here is a story from about social media coverage of the Mumbai attacks.

Update: Jay Rosen of New York University is on top of the Mumbai/citizen reporting story with links on Twitter (@jayrosen_nyu). Here are a couple of Tweets with links from Jay on the new media mix:
- “Wall Street Journal does the Mumbai-on-Twitter story without all the “is this journalism?” hysteria.”
- “On the mark is Om Malik’s “With Twitter, a Desperate Need for Context.” How Twitter works (and doesn’t) during big events.”

Update: Mindy McAdams offers an excellent “Twitter, Mumbai and 10 facts about journalism now.” Here is what McAdams tells her students about journalism today:

  1. Breaking news will be online before it’s on television.
  2. Breaking news—especially disasters and attacks in the middle of a city—will be covered first by non-journalists.
  3. The non-journalists will continue providing new information even after the trained journalists arrive on the scene.
  4. Cell phones will be the primary reporting tool at first, and possibly for hours.
  5. Cell phones that can use a wireless Internet connection in addition to a cellular phone network are a more versatile reporting tool than a phone alone.
  6. Still photos, transmitted by citizens on the ground, will tell more than most videos.
  7. The right video will get so many views, your servers might crash (I’m not aware of this happening with any videos from Mumbai).
  8. Live streaming video becomes a user magnet during a crisis. ( Live: 1.4 million views as of 11:30 a.m. EST today (Nov. 28), according to
  9. Your print reporters need to know how to dictate over the phone. If they can get a line to the newsroom, it might be necessary.
  10. Your Web team must be prepared for this kind of crisis reporting.

Is your newsroom ready for crisis reporting now?

Do these stories suggest uses for social media in reporting news from your community? Please share ideas in the comments.


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