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How one reporter used Twitter to help with sources

Daniel Victor provides a detailed account, ending with three key points for journalists to note: 1) If I were sitting in my cubicle thinking, “Who could help me with this story?”, none of the five people would have immediately popped … Continue reading

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ZDNet retracts story: one unverified source, key player not called

Some basic errors in our reporting, admits Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet: "Overnight one of our bloggers, Richard Koman, reported that Yahoo handed over user names to the Iranian government. We’re retracting the blog post. Here’s what went … Continue reading

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Virologist interviewee linked to anti-flu funding drive — Media Guardian

Peter Wilby on swine flu coverage: "Several papers, and particularly the Daily Mail, gave prominence to Professor Nigel Dimmock, a Warwick University virologist, who warned "this has the potential to be bigger than Spanish influenza", the 1918 pandemic that may … Continue reading

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‘Google will not replace shoe leather’

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Jennings interviewed: “Google has its uses. But let’s get serious. It is a fine research tool, but it doesn’t do what a journalist is supposed to do… Shoe leather is cheap. That’s how I get the … Continue reading

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FT editor Lionel Barber: Why journalism wins my vote

"…the mainstream press lost touch with its audience at the very moment when technology, via the internet, was dramatically lowering the barriers to entry.[…] …a shift in the balance of power towards new media, with wholesale repercussions for the practice … Continue reading

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The news about Robert Peston: meta-reporting?

Update: Michael Howard has asked the FSA to investigate the alleged leaking to Peston/the BBC of sensitive information about the bank rescue package, reports Guido Fawkes. —– The BBC’s business editor is becoming the news, and not just as in … Continue reading

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Is crowd-sourcing edging into mainstream journalism — or is it just an online survey?

How far did asking readers for their input help Jay Rayner with his Observer article on genetically modified foods, published last Sunday? He found it a mixed bag — and a lot more work, he says. It involved digesting hundreds … Continue reading

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