It’s okay to let sites like Twitter and FaceBook point to trends in breaking news, but it still takes good, old-fashioned journalistic fact-checking with trusted sources to write it right.
That was the message from panelists of the April 16 PCLI discussion, “Twitter, Facebook and why media matters.”
Panelists included Anne Machalinksi, online editor of Newsday.com and ExploreLI.com; Henry Powderly, Web editor of Long Island Business News; Anthony Cusumano, the planning editor at News 12 Long Island, and Dominick Miserandino, executive editor of TheCelebrityCafe.com. The panel was moderated by Carl Corry, executive producer of News 12 Interactive.
Most panelists said they’d prefer not to spend much time on social media sites in order to focus on their over all job responsibilities.
However, some said they were tipped off about stories because they followed the Twitter feeds of business execs, politicians and other newsmakers. In using Twitter, those folks aren’t filtered by flaks. It’s replacing press releases.
For it’s part, Newsday, which currently feeds in headlines to Twitter and Facebook, will likely have to reconsider how it participates in social media sites and focus on local readers as it prepares to begin charging for its online content, Machalinksi said.