The Library and Twitter: An FAQ

Library of Congress Blog – “Twitter is part of the historical record of communication, news reporting, and social trends – all of which complement the Library’s existing cultural heritage collections. It is a direct record of important events such as the 2008 U.S. presidential election or the “Green Revolution” in Iran. It also serves as a news feed with minute-by-minute headlines from major news sources such as Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. At the same time, it is a platform for citizen journalism with many significant events being first reported by eyewitnesses.”

2 Responses to “The Library and Twitter: An FAQ”

  1. Dr. Ron Ross
    April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    True citizen journalists are not content with Tweeting, but fact check, research and write with high journalistic standards. People who just Tweet or Facebook as they witness an event are not citizen journalists, they are eye witnesses. There is a difference, and to confuse legitimate, well-trained and properly motivated citizen journalists with eye witnesses is a mistake. In our book, “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” we make the case.

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