Social Media Spoils Surprise but Ratings Remain High

Despite social media updates, such as tweets, status updates and text messages  “spoiling” the outcome of the 2012 Olympics before they even air on television, ratings for the taped prime time events are still breaking records– a sign that while world of media is evolving, people still love to watch the sweat, the tears and the story lines that unfold…even if the outcome is already known. Read the Courant’s article here.

Twitter and Facebook as Newspaper

Want your own personal newspaper?, the product of Swiss startup SmallRivers, organizes the content drawn from shared Twitter links into an easily-digestible newspaper-like layout in a Web browser. This is similar to the iPad’s ‘Flipboard’ but is accessible from any web-connected PC.


Social Media Run Amok

NY Times Highlights #Hayes Tweeters

The New York Times has an in-depth piece today on the use of Twitter during the Hayes trial (or should I say, #Hayes) and features Helen Ubinas (@NotesFromHel), Alaine Griffin (@alainegriffin), George Colli (@GeorgeColli), New Haven Register/Luther Turmelle (@nhrlive), Laurie Perez (@LauriePerez) and Rachel Guerra (@rachelgurrea).

The story details how Twitter can alter the way news is reported:

It was a perfect mix of intense local interest, and a portable medium that can go where television cameras cannot. There is no doubt it is changing trial reporting and, perhaps, trials themselves by drawing people to courtroom events as they happen and pushing out unvarnished information at the speed of light.

Twitter use in the Hayes trial has been highly publicized the past few weeks and it appears as though Connecticut reporters are breaking new ground in this medium.  They have found a new tool at their disposal but, as Helen Ubinas remarks, “the old rules [of journalism] still apply.”

Today’s Media Links

Dean Pagani interviews our own Duby McDowell about The Laurel.

The Globe is cutting back its newsroom.

Twitter breaks another news story. Something about a plane in the hudson…

Do you Tweet?

Twitter is, again, making headlines in Connecticut.

Ted Mann wrote a pieceduring this past campaign cycle regarding the sloppy work done by Andrew Powelany, campaign manager of Sean Sullivan who was beaten soundly by Rep. Joe Courtney, as he made foolish remarks on Twitter about his fledgling campaign.

The JI takes a look at the ‘Tweets’ of GOP Chair Chris Healy and the ways that he uses the site. 

Will reporters, editors and producers be forced to join Twitter in order to cover the news properly? These ‘Tweets’ are often raw and unfiltered and could be a gold mine for an ambitious reporter.

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