OLD Media Moves

From Twitter post to blog item to NYT biz section article

August 11, 2008

New York Times business columnist David Carr writes Monday about how staff writer Brian Stelter turned a Twitter post last week into a blog item and then an article in the paper’s business section.

Brian StelterCarr writes, “If the future of our business is online, then why set up a firewall, delaying the best content to protect a legacy product? And more adept reporters are beginning to realize that the Web is not just a way to broadcast news, it is a great way to assemble it as well.

“On Saturday, Mr. Stelter’s wonderful article in The New York Times on how people were working around the blackout on the Olympic ceremony began as a post on Twitter seeking consumer experiences, then jumped onto his blog, TV Decoder, caught the attention of editors who wanted it expanded for the newspaper and ended up on Page One, jammed with insight and with plenty of examples from real human experience.

“How much more powerful is that networked intelligence than a reporter with a phone, a Rolodex and the space between his or her ears?”

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