Digital Journalism Review
PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 7:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 September, 2012, 7:53pm

Digest: Is Twitter a "media", or just a platform for media?


Ivan Zhai is the Social Media Editor at the South China Morning Post. Prior to his current position, Ivan spent 10 years working for the Guangzhou-based 21st Century World Herald and in the Post's Guangzhou bureau, covering Chinese politics, macroeconomics and online communities. In 2008, Ivan won an Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship. He shares his findings and thoughts on digital media, cognitive neuroscience and China on Twitter and Chinese microblogs as @ivanzhai.

It is no doubt that Twitter has become one of world's best platforms to share real-time information. At the same time, it also makes money from selling ads, just like media outlets do. So, it will be interesting to see whether it wants to move forward one more step to make itself a real media company that not only “share” but also “create” content.

And, if the answer is “yes”, will Twitter be a new threat to traditional news organisations?

Fortunately, according to what Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has said (see article here or below), their focus is still on bettering the information-sharing platform and providing more useful functions for journalists.

Twitter knows that the increasing number of journalists and news operations are making it an important channel to promote their digital content or collect information – and Twitter is offering more help with this. But can journalists really take advantage from the new tools? I’m still not sure about that.


-- Best practices for journalists on Twitter - @Twitter 
-- Twitter CEO says curation tools for newsrooms are coming | Poynter 

-- This week’s 4 arguments against j-school | Poynter 
-- The Guardian’s future: Unguarded | The Economist 
-- Google News at 10: How the Algorithm Won Over the News Industry - Megan Garber - The Atlantic 

-- Live video: Watch #ONA12 conference live,
-- U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High - Gallup   


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