First, in case you’re not reading this blog regularly — or the comments on it — here’s what Zack Lewandowski had to say about using Twitter to report a story over the weekend:
Tonight I am working a GA shift at the sports desk and I had to write a brief about a track and field event. The teams official website did not have any information up yet about the competition. I looked on the website and found the team’s twitter account, so I followed it. They had already updated the results of the tournament, including times, points, pretty much anything specific to the event. I was able to write a brief just off the twitter updates. We of course waited until the SID released a news brief via email- to confirm the information, but it was interesting that I had just written an entire story that was based off sourcing from twitter. Yet another example of how the social media has changed journalism in the present day.
Smart, smart, smart. And I love that part about verification (the subject of Tuesday’s lecture by Mike Jenner).
And then I read this piece by the New York Times’ public editor, Arthur Brisbane, about how the Times’ staff is using Twitter. Not much that’s new here, but I like how he pulls it all together.
Finally, remember how I talked about using strong, active verbs in leads? Check out this lead from the Times’ story about the fatal bus crash there Saturday.
A tour bus barreling south for Manhattan overturned at high speed on a highway in the Bronx early Saturday and was sliced open by a sign stanchion in a shriek of rending metal that hurled riders about like rag dolls. Fourteen people were killed and 19 were injured, 5 of them critically, the authorities said.
What do you think of this lead?