Twitter: Cutting it Short

This is a BBC story on how one journalist, Conor Spackman, reflects on his decision to write a whole news story, about Twitter nonetheless, using paragraphs of only 140 characters.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/blog/2011/09/the-next-level-140-character-p.shtml

 

The Original story can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-14838127

 

This is curiously connected to what we did in our last class.  We were trying to determine what Journalism is using a limited amount of words. Mr Spackman is trying to practice journalism with similar constraints. In this way I think we can all agree that what Spackman is doing can be considered Journalism even if he is doing it through Twitter.

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One thought on “Twitter: Cutting it Short

  1. Scott B says:

    Interesting take by Spackman. There is something to reading a number of 140-character sentences consecutively that is rhythmically pleasing. I know I am often recasting sentences to try to have them fit onto Twitter.

    I especially appreciate the final paragraph of the story:

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