Three incidents have left me frantically searching for news alerts and updates about police and fire activities in my neighborhood. Each time I find myself in the middle of the crossfire, I wonder why our local newspapers are not taking advantage of social media to keep us informed.
It’s no secret that social media offers instant news-gathering and news-disseminating communication channels at little cost. Web sites, Twitter handles, Facebook and LinkedIn business pages can keep residents (and subscribers) updated on the fast-breaking news their beat reporters are gathering. Most of that news will be stale if it waits for tomorrow’s paper.
Debates rage on about whether newspapers, and journalism will survive an era that glorifies bloggers and citizen journalists who need little more than a computer and an opinion to get started. To me the answer seems obvious. (more…)