Aspiring journalists should learn to Twitter

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Twitter — a microblogging toll that allows for short, frequent updates — is going mainstream, and a recent article at suggests that aspiring journalists should take note.

IWM: How can Twitter benefit traditional journalists?

Dorsey: We’ve heard from a number of organizations — even as old as Reuters — that are building tools to monitor what’s going on with Twitter to help conform what they need to focus on in terms of writing their articles.

Twitter provides a great man-on-the-street account of what’s happening right now. The minute the Los Angeles earthquake struck [in July 2008] there was an update on Twitter, which was followed by thousands of more updates, until nine minutes later the first reports came out on the AP wire. Twitter is very good at immediacy.

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Twitter impressed me as a reporting tool during The Office convention in Scranton last year. You can learn more about it at


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