When I started J-school about 13 months ago, we had to walk up to people on the street and ask their opinion on things like Guantanamo and Baby Einstein. That was the old days, kids.
Ok, I’ll admit there’s still value in face to face interviews, and no, social media is not taking over the world. If you think it is, may I remind you of the dot com bubble (burst)?
But I do adamantly push the use of social media in news stories because it makes a better product for the reader of online news, and it streamlines the reporting process. The LA Times is using Storify, and I am lucky to have access to the Beta version as well. I’m sold, and looking forward to using it on HyperVocal.com, a hip news agg/comm site. I’m also a lover of the Twitter Search Widget, which will place a scrolling box of tweets on a page. But with Storify, the text can be intermixed with tweets, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and links to blogs.
When it comes to online journalism, this format makes sense, even without Twitter. Imagine this: instead of writing “Justin Abraham, the president of the organization which used to be called Xylophone, said…” a journalist could just write “JAbraham said…” and the hyperlink on the man’s name would link to his background, or Wikipedia article. It just makes sentence structure less awkward.
Journalists everywhere should applaud.